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Biology is a multidisciplinary cutting-edge field encompassing the vast diversity of life from the smallest amino acid to ecosystem dynamics.

The biology program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute provides an in-depth exploration of the breadth of the discipline through core courses while maintaining the flexibility to prepare for any pre-professional field or get ready for graduate studies through elective options. The program also provides the space for almost any minor offered by SUNY Poly.

Why SUNY Poly?

Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are dedicated to quality education through scholarship and research. The breadth of our faculty interests and experiences enable students to specialize in specialties such as genetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry. Class sizes are small to ensure personalized attention so students get the most out of their education at SUNY Poly. Your classes will always be taught by faculty, not by teaching assistants.

Our facilities include a number of well-equipped laboratories, and the SUNY Poly campus includes hundreds of acres of forest and wildflower areas. In addition, SUNY Poly is close to diverse ecosystems such as the Utica Marsh, Rome sand plains, and the Adirondack Mountains. Students can also take selected courses in the nanobiosciences and work with faculty on the Albany campus.

Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program

High school seniors interested in pursuing an M.D. at SUNY Upstate Medical University (Upstate) after earning a bachelor's degree at SUNY Poly may simultaneously be accepted to both as part of Upstate’s Accelerated Scholars Program. Accepted students would not be required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and would be automatically enrolled in Upstate’s Doctor of Allopathic Medicine program.

Learn more about this program and its eligibility requirements

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY Poly, fully accredited through MSCHE, prepares students for a variety of exciting careers. With a B.S. in Biology, you can go on to any medical specialty programs, such as:

  • Medicine (MD or DO)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary

You can also go on to graduate school, or work in fields such as the following:

  • Research Laboratories
  • Zoos
  • Botanical Gardens/Arboretums
  • Museums
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Computational Biology Firms
  • Biotechnology Companies
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Food production and safety
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