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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—it is also a process of discovery. At Elmira, you'll participate actively in this process in the classroom, laboratory, and field. Starting in your first-year courses, you will learn approaches to science and develop your own research projects. Whether you’re interested in being a doctor, a businessperson, a researcher, or a teacher, receiving a Biology degree from Elmira and gaining real-world experience along the way through our internships, clubs, and travel courses creates opportunities that make an impact in your profession and the world.
"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
As a Biology major, the career possibilities are endless. You could find yourself working in biomedical research, academics, marine ecology, private industry, medical school, veterinary school, physical therapy, and K-12 education, as well as in the state and federal government. Alumni frequently return to campus to talk with our current students about potential career paths and their own work experience.
A Biology degree from Elmira creates so many diverse opportunities in the health-care, business, teaching, and research fields. Whichever area you choose, our specialized programs can advance your knowledge and improve your professional viability after graduation:
If you're looking to tap into your passion for discovery and research, consider applying to Elmira today and take advantage of what we have to offer.
As a Biology student at Elmira, you have many resources to enrich your education. We offer internships at health, science, and research institutions and travel courses to incredible locations around the world for field research. Our Tri-Beta Honor Society supports your research endeavors, and our scholarships reward those who demonstrate academic excellence.
Whether you're majoring in Political Science, Journalism, Psychology, Engineering, or another area of study, pursuing a minor in Biology can expand your knowledge base and create unique career paths.
Nathan Romano '25: GTP internship provides important, hands-on experience
Elmira College students complete community engagement hours and a career-related internship before graduating to help build their career networks and give them important hands-on experiences. Nathan...
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.