Elmira College students all complete an internship as part of their general degree requirements for graduation. Biology majors have completed internships at the Arnot hospital, Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, Elite Physical Therapy, the Smithsonian Institution, the Shedd Aquarium, Corning Incorporated, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and many college and university research centers. These experiences have helped shape and guide students along their career paths in biological sciences.

Travel Courses

The Marine and Island Ecology course offered each year by the Biology faculty offers an incredible opportunity for our students to explore a tropical ecosystem including: coral reefs, intertidal communities, and many terrestrial habitats.

Field Biology takes place in the beautiful gorges and forests of upstate New York, and also travels to the big island of Hawaii to study successional communities.

Students hike, kayak, and learn environmental science during the Alaskan Ecology course on the Kenai Peninsula.

Honor Societies

Beta Beta Beta

Tri-Beta is the National Biology Honor Society dedicated to supporting students in their research endeavors in the biological sciences. Elmira College students present the results of their research at regional and national conferences. Elmira College has also hosted the regional conference where students present talks and posters detailing their research findings.



Pre-Health Club

Student officers and members of pre-health club sponsor activities for those interested in health care. The club sponsors workshops on applications, entrance exams, personal statements, mock interviews, and hosts guest speakers from a variety of medical specialties. Alumni are frequent presenters at pre-health pizza lunch information sessions.


Several prizes are awarded each year at commencement to deserving Biology students recognizing their achievements in academics and research.

Emerson Liscum Diven Prize is awarded to the student who has achieved the most scholarly work in Biology.

Dr. Louise Frances Potter Prize is awarded to an outstanding Biology student.

The Sharon Cosloy-Blank '66 Science Award is awarded to an excellent student working in the area of molecular biology.

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