The Science of Life

Biologists use science to understand the natural world, provide and improve health care, solve problems, and advance scientific knowledge through research.


As a Biology major, you’ll complete a core of biology and science support courses — from microbiology and genetics to anatomy and physiology — along with an internship or research experience and a concentration of your choosing. Our flexible program allows you to explore courses of interest in multiple subject areas beyond the basics of biology, including law, art, and writing.


Our Faculty

Our professors provide you with a rigorous curriculum and hands-on learning experiences that are tailored to prepare you for graduate programs and careers, while providing the personalized support you need to be successful. Many are also active scholars, performing primary research in their own labs.

Biology (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides a strong base in biological study, paired with a concentration that fits your specific interests.


  • Medical Studies
  • Management
  • Nutrition Science
  • Pre-Professional Clinical Lab Science and Cytotechnology
  • Public Health
  • Law and Society
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Biology
  • Illustration
  • Science Writing


Biology (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology gives you a broad overview of knowledge and techniques in modern biology. The flexible curriculum can prepare you for careers in teaching, in environmental studies, in government agencies, and more.

“We give students a good foundational basis to pursue a lot of different careers and they build on that foundation …”

Ken Howard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

As a graduate of the Russell Sage Biology program, you can go on to pursue a career or graduate studies in the health sciences, environmental science, public health, or other fields.

Graduate Studies

With our articulation agreements with nearby graduate programs, our Biology graduates may receive assured acceptance or early admittance to:

  • Albany Medical College’s Physician Assistant (PA) program
  • Russell Sage’s Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) programs (including accelerated programs)
  • Albany College of Pharmacy’s Clinical Lab Sciences and Cytotechnology programs
  • and more


A Biology degree can set the stage for careers in many science- and health-related fields. In addition to healthcare careers — like doctors, physician assistants, and physical therapists — many of our graduates choose to work in government, business, public health, or even science journalism.

Learning Experience

The Biology program at Russell Sage provides opportunities for hands-on learning, research with faculty, and internships with nearby agencies.

Research & Internships

See what it’s like to work in the field. Research and internship opportunities are plentiful, thanks to our location in New York’s capital district. Students are also able to present their research at national and regional conferences, including Russell Sage College’s Undergraduate Research Day Symposium.

Program Objectives

When you graduate from the Biology program at Russell Sage College, you’ll be well prepared for your career or grad school in the health or life sciences. With a broad base in biology, along with courses tailored to your concentration, you’ll have the knowledge to pursue your passions beyond undergraduate studies. But that’s not all. You’ll also be equipped with critical thinking, communication, and general skills that prepare you for careers of any kind. In short, you’ll be prepared for success.

Next steps?

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Associate Professor
Associate Professor and Program Director, Biology & Health Sciences
Associate Professor & Biology Program Director