​Biology

College of Arts and Sciences

An incredibly versatile and dynamic major, biology is the study of molecular, cellular, and organismal makeup of life.

Whether you plan to attend graduate school or move directly into a career, a degree in biology will prepare with the fundamentals and competence you’ll need to move in either direction. Earn a B.A. or a B.S. degree in biology, or pursue a minor in it. Or major in biology with a focus on environmental science. If you have diverse scientific interests, choose an interdisciplinary major as biochemisty and biological and medical physics.

You’ll prepare to follow career paths or graduate specialties in:

  • Plant biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Reproductive biology
  • Environmental biology
  • Marine biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology

You will also be prepared for medical, dental, or veterinary schools.

Major in biology


Sample Courses

Core coursework covers biology, genetics, and ecology. Sample courses include:

  • Biology of Cancer
  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • Animal Communication
  • Conservation Biology
  • Evolutionary Medicine

View all major requirements.

Practical Experience

Extensive biological field and extracurricular opportunities will enable you to earn hands-on experience in the industry.

  • Gain research experience by working in the labs of biology faculty.
  • Participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Get involved with TriBeta, the undergraduate student-run life sciences interest group.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in biology, you can explore such careers as:

  • Medical doctor
  • Environmental scientist
  • Botanist
  • Dentist
  • Clinical researcher
  • Marine biologist
  • Biology teacher

Or pursue a graduate degree medicine, chemistry, education, public health, public administration, or more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.