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 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.
Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program
CSTEP, sponsored by the New York State Department of Education, provides paid research experiences, MCAT prep and other forms of academic support to underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in Biology, Health Sciences and other science-related majors or professional programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides a strong base in biological study, paired with a concentration that fits your specific interests.
- Pre-Medical Studies
- Nutrition Science
- Pre-Professional Clinical Lab Science and Cytotechnology
- Public Health
- Law and Society
- Environmental Science
- Forensic Biology
- Science Writing
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
Meet our faculty, students and alumni.
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With a Biology degree from Russell Sage College, you can pursue a career or graduate studies in the health sciences, environmental science, public health or other fields.
Our Biology majors are accepted to competitive medical schools and may receive assured acceptance or early admittance to:
- Albany Medical College’s Physician Assistant program
- Sage’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program
- Sage’s Master of Occupational Therapy or Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs (including accelerated programs)
- Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science’s Clinical Lab Sciences master’s program and Cytotechnology master’s program
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.