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Elmira College’s Biology degree program will give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of biological disciplines, conduct research, and develop the skills you need for graduate and career pursuits.
Biology is not merely a collection of facts, but a process of discovery. You'll participate actively in this process in the classroom, laboratory, and field. Each course provides a framework for examining the scientific process as a means to master current knowledge and to address the complex problems of the future. Starting in your first-year courses, you will learn approaches to science and develop your own research projects.
The Biology degree's core curriculum explores the major disciplines and examines both the diversity of life and the functional aspects of living systems. The core courses encompass a wide spectrum of biological sciences, from molecules and cells to populations and ecosystems using evolutionary adaptation as a recurrent theme. Advanced courses and specialized concentrations allow you to pursue areas of special interest. We stress independence and initiative, and many students participate in internships and in research with faculty mentors.
Elmira College Biology degree graduates have continued on to work in biomedical research, academics, fisheries, marine ecology, private industry, medical school, veterinary school, physical therapy, as physician assistants, in K-12 education, as well as state and federal government. Alumni frequently return to campus to talk with our current students about potential career paths.
"The advantage of a Biology Major at Elmira College is the close connection you get with your professors. They are always encouraging students to visit their office hours, always encouraging students to ask questions."
Nathan Romano ’25
You can also pair a minor in Biology with other majors.
Let our Office of Admissions help you through the process.
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This concentration is well-suited for you if you plan to work in areas of plant and animal conservation biology, wildlife and fisheries biology, ecology, evolution, marine ecology, or animal behavior.
This concentration is ideal if you have career aspirations to conduct research in industry, academia, public health, or medicine.
The Medical Biology concentration is for anyone planning to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other health professions.
This concentration will let you keep all options open and gives you the opportunity to investigate a broad mix of elective courses.
Elmira College Biology major alumni work in industry, laboratories, aquariums, museums and nature centers, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, clinics, and hospitals across the country and around the world.
Biology majors have opportunities to participate in activities beyond class and lab. Students participate in honor societies, travel courses, research, and internships to apply what they have learned as a Biology major.
The professors in the Biology department are dedicated teachers and academic advisors.
Do you have questions about the Biology program? Please contact us.