Biology Major

Sample Courses

  • Biochemistry
  • General Biology
  • Genetics
  • Principles of Ecology

Popular Electives

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Marine Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Science Communication

Recent Internships

Graduating seniors each year have gone on to the NIH Postbac IRTA program. CRTA (Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who plan to apply to graduate or professional school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH.

Career Outlook

Biology major jobs will see substantial growth through 2026. Zoologists, biochemists, medical scientists, and genetic counselors benefit from increases of 8%, 11%, 13%, and 29%, respectively. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Biology Major

Why study biology at Geneseo?

The biology major provides students with the broad background necessary for various careers in the biological sciences and medicine.

Students gain an understanding of the basic principles of genetics, ecology, evolution, cell biology, and anatomy and physiology. They develop skills in scientific decision-making and written and oral scientific research presentation. The program also emphasizes an appreciation for biological diversity and stewardship for the earth.


Program Options

Additional Options

Program Highlights

  • Courses span the molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological levels of organization
  • Labs teach designing and testing hypotheses, using modern scientific equipment, and interpreting data
  • Wide range of undergraduate research opportunities
  • Summer internships possible at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Upstate Medical
  • Full- and part-time summer fellowship awards available from The Geneseo Foundation to conduct research in collaboration with a faculty mentor
  • Active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department
  • Biology Mentoring Program (Biome), where first-year and transfer students meet regularly with peer mentors for guidance and advice

Example Careers

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Industries
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Professions
  • Hospital Research
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public Health
  • Science Writing
  • Wildlife Management

Recent Grad Schools

  • Cornell University
  • Ohio State
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Toronto

Recent Med Schools

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, NYC 
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • University of Buffalo Dental School

Contact Info

Susan Bandoni Muench, Professor & Chair of Biology
ISC 332A


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