Degree: Bachelor of Science
Learning through hands-on laboratory experience, making discoveries through research and gaining a global perspective in a constantly evolving field are some of the hallmarks of the biological sciences at Union.
Compared to colleges of similar size, the range of courses offered at Union is exceptional – cell and molecular biology, neurobiology, biomedical engineering, plant and animal organismal biology, environmental biology, developmental biology, and ecology and evolutionary biology, to name a few. Consequently, you will have the flexibility to explore your specific interests and aptitudes in many different areas.
Our common curriculum courses range from Understanding Cancer to Food and Health in the 21st Century to a field course combining supervised observation and service learning in various health care settings with on-campus seminars. Biology, the study of life, is central to numerous interdisciplinary programs: biochemistry, biomedical engineering, environmental science and policy, and neuroscience.
Union's equipment and research laboratories are first-rate. Many biology faculty research labs are housed in the Peter Irving Wold Center, Biomedical Engineering Center or Center for Neuroscience. Our undergraduates have access to such advanced instruments as a laser confocal microscope, video-microscopy workstations with digital image processing and microinjection capabilities, PCR workstations and much more. An NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant enabled the College to acquire a continuous flow Delta V Plus isotope ratio mass spectrometer and supplemental components to support interdisciplinary research and undergraduate student research training.
Biology students may pursue any term abroad as part of their academic program, but the fall term abroad program to Australia, a country that’s home to great biological diversity, is especially suited to our majors. This is a Partnership for Global Education Program run jointly with Hobart and William-Smith Colleges and organized in coordination with the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland (UQ), the country's largest university.
As a biological sciences major, you will find that your classroom, laboratory and close working relationship with our faculty provide a solid foundation for success in graduate and professional schools and in any number of careers, including medicine, biotechnology, veterinary science, dentistry, research science, environmental conservation and public policy.
What some of our graduates are doing:
- Assistant district attorney, Bronx County
- Bioacoustician, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
- Entomologist, Ecuador
- High school biology and environmental science teacher
- Independent toxicologist, author
- Marine enforcement officer
- Medical writer, Yale New Haven Hospital
- Resident physician, San Antonio Military Medical Center
- Senior vice present and chief medical officer, CVS MinuteClinic
- Surgeon, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta
- Science writer, National Geographic Kids
- Veterinarian, Valley Animal Hospital