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.

What Classes Do Biology Majors Take?

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 also allows you to explore courses in other subject areas, 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.

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.

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.


  • Pre-Medical Studies
  • Management
  • Pre-Professional Clinical Lab Science and Cytotechnology
  • Law and Society
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensics
  • 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 Biology majors a good foundational basis to pursue a lot of different careers and they build on that foundation …”

Ken Howard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Careers with a Biology Degree

Graduates of Russell Sage College’s Biology program become doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists, educators and they work in research. Biology majors may also work in government, business, public health or even science journalism.

Recent Sage alumni are working as a chief resident at the University of Vermont Medical Center, as a veterinarian at Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, as scientists and compliance coordinators for biopharmaceutical companies and they are enrolled in competitive doctoral programs.

Graduate Studies with a Biology Bachelor’s Degree

Our Biology majors are accepted to competitive medical schools and may receive assured acceptance or early admittance to:


Recent Sage graduates have been accepted at Albany Medical College, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, the University of Illinois-College of Veterinary Medicine, the State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University, and the schools of medicine at Stony Brook University, Quinnipiac University, the University at Buffalo, New York Institute of Technology and the University of New England as well as to Ph.D. programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and and the University of Oregon.


Internships and Research

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 with a Biology degree from 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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Have questions about a Biology degree?

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Professor of Biology
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Associate Professor and Program Director, Health Sciences
Chair and Associate Professor
Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Sciences
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Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Sciences