At a Glance

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
120 Total Credits
39 General Education Credits
51 Arts & Sciences Program Credits
30 Elective Credits

The Biology program leads to a Bachelor of Arts and provides students with a broad background in basic biological principles from the cellular and molecular levels through evolution and the functioning of ecosystems.  As such, the biology curriculum provides the breadth of biological experience essential for a diversity of careers in the health fields, in basic biological research in the laboratory and field, in biology education, or in business and industry.  The curriculum includes a set of core courses in science and hands-on learning opportunities.

  • Provide students with an understanding of the breadth of biological fields
  • Provide students with a solid foundation in biological, ecological and evolutionary principles that apply to all of biology
  • Provide opportunities for laboratory or field research experiences
  • Prepare students for a suite of potential biological careers
  • Small class sizes equal a more interesting and interactive education. Professors get to know you as an individual and understand your particular career interests. Every lecture and laboratory is taught by a full-time faculty member who has earned a doctorate degree and been published in their field of expertise.
  • Students who meet membership criteria have the opportunity to join the college's chapter of Beta Beta Beta, a national biological honor society.
  • Students have the opportunity to help organize and run the annual BioBlitz and Science Night events for local community.
  • Students have the option to join the student-run Health Care Club or any of the many other clubs on campus. Visit the Student Clubs and Organizations web page for more information.
Biological researcher
Lab technician
Health professional
Science journalist
Management in biologically-based business or industry
Cazenovia College biology and environmental biology students have interned, volunteered, or had a summer position at the following locations. 

> View Internships, Graduate Programs, and Job Placements flyer (pdf)
In addition to conducting field-oriented research in most of our upper-division courses, every student in our program works with faculty to develop and implement an individual research project on a topic of their own interest during their junior and senior years. Students begin their research project while in the Junior Research course and complete their project while in the Senior Research and Senior Capstone courses. Some students also perform research as part of an internship or seasonal employment.

Here are some examples of what our students have recently studied or are currently studying:

As the recipient of a Rufus J. Thayer Otsego Lake Research Assistantship at the Otsego Lake Biological Field Station (Summer 2007), Caitlin Snyder studied...
  • water quality (nutrient analyses, residential septic tank updates, best management practices for farms)
  • fish population dynamics (included seining, gill netting, using trap nets, dietary analyses, aging)
  • NYS Dragonfly and Damselfly survey work throughout Otsego County
  • mussel communities in the Susquehanna River
  • vegatative assessment at Highland, Sullivan County with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition & Millenium Pipeline Co.
  • aquatic macrophytes in Moraine Lake, Madison County (impacts of herbicide on native and invasive plants including Eurasion watermilfoil)
  • invasive species including management of purple loosestrife, zebra mussels, water chestnut, eurasion watermilfoil
  • She also cleared and maintained hiking trails and helped with events such as "Otsego Lake Festival" and Lake Clean-up Day.


   Course (Credits)
   See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
   Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy:
      HU 375 Methods of Inquiry (3)
   Senior Capstone: SM/HU 499 Senior Capstone (3)
Total General Education Credits - 39
Course (Credits)
   SM 117 Diversity of Life (4)
   SM 118 Cellular and Molecular Biology (4)
   SM 121 General Chemistry I (4)
   SM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
   SM 211 Investigating Biology (3)
   SM 221 Organic Chemistry I (4)
   SM 231 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4)
   SM 243/343 Biotopics (3)
   SM 261 Statistics (3)  
   SM 315 Genetics and Evolution (4)
   SM 331 Animal Physiology (4)
   SM 342 Principles of Ecology (3)
   SM 411 Cell Biology and Physiology (4)
   SM 200/300/400 level Biology elective (3)
   Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 51
Open Electives
   Course (Credits)
   100-400 level (11)
   300/400 level (19)
Total Open Elective Credits - 30