You’re fascinated by the science of life. You’re curious about the living organisms that inhabit our planet and the diverse and complex ways they function. You want a future with a wide range of opportunities in medicine or healthcare. Biology may be the major for you.
This is our clarion call, which urges us all to never be complacent, to always keep moving forward, to lead with confidence and reach high. It embodies our commitment to the future, to innovation and discovery, and to dancing in-step with an ever-changing world.
The biology major at Utica College educates students about life science by helping them to become active scientists. Students benefit from extremely personalized training and an innovative curriculum that features a strong focus on research methodology, hands-on learning, and rich opportunities for both laboratory and field research, both independently and with faculty.
Students can earn research credit, gain valuable field and lab experience, and publish their research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Many biology professors have been honored with the college's awards for distinguished teaching, research, or both.
Learn more about UC’s award-winning biology faculty.
The biology major begins with general biology and research methods courses during the freshman year, followed by foundational study in:
... as well as upper-level biology electives and a three-credit senior-level integrated biological experience. Graduates are proficient in research and technical skills including experimental design, microscopy, molecular techniques, basic biochemical analyses, dissection, and computer use.
"I loved it at UC. The faculty are amazing. Their doors are always open. You can come to them with any questions or problems you have. I had nothing but a great experience."
Julio DeJesus '13
A UC biology degree prepares students for career paths in medicine, teaching, research, environmental management, and commercial industries. Many graduates go on to earn advanced degrees and have taken leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, Bristol-Myers Squibb, General Electric, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and IBM, among others.
UC offers eight laboratories dedciated to biology instruction and research on campus.