Welcome to UC Biology!The Biology Department is a community of scientists where a passion for learning and teaching, hard work, positive attitudes, and a love of science are valued. Biology students at Utica College learn about science by becoming active scientists. We emphasize the process of interpreting and creating biological knowledge by building meaningful, hands-on research projects into our courses and by encouraging students to become involved in the ongoing research programs of our faculty. In this way, our curriculum extends beyond the traditional boundaries of the classroom to field and laboratory studies, seminars, conferences, and publications.
Personalized Training:Our students work directly with faculty in courses and while performing original, independent research. Our classes are small, our lectures and labs are taught by research faculty, and we stress the importance of one-on-one interaction between students and faculty. Our faculty provide a supportive and rigorous intellectual environment, encourage a candid rapport with students, and acknowledge and nurture each student's individual goals.
Research-Based Curriculum:We train our students in professional research methodology in the very first year. Our students take a full year of Research Methods along with General Biology courses before moving into more specialized biology coursework.
Research skills are reinforced in laboratory courses involving real research projects. By the time many of our students conduct independent research for credit under the guidance of a faculty member, they are prepared to: design, implement, present at national conferences, and publish their projects in peer reviewed scientific journals. The research training we offer ensures that our students can understand and evaluate research and scientific concepts published in a wide variety of fields. These skills prepare our graduates to apply cutting edge research findings to their work, regardless of their chosen field. Biology majors may tailor their required and elective courses toward pre-professional (med, dental, vet, etc.), educational, research, technology, or other career goals.
Facilities:The Biology Department occupies 9 laboratories dedicated to instruction in: gross anatomy, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, molecular genetics and developmental biology, cell biology and physiology, botany and ecology, human nutrition, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, and general biology. We have research space for faculty and students conducting lab research. The Nature Conservancy's Lake Julia Preserve and Utica Marsh, a local urban wetland, have been the sites of field projects dealing with wetland and forest ecology, conservation biology, light pollution, and ecotoxicology. The Adirondack Mountains are just 30 minutes away and offer unlimited opportunities for field work, including research focused on acid rain and climate change.
Special opportunities:Students will find abundant opportunities to explore laboratory and field biology. Coursework spans modern biology disciplines from molecular and cellular biology to organismal biology, evolution, behavior, and field ecology. Students perform field studies in the nearby Adirondacks and employ state-of-the-art recombinant DNA techniques in gene cloning and mapping experiments in our laboratories. Students have discovered new gene functions at the nearby Masonic Medical Research Laboratory. Utica College biology students present their research at international, national, state, regional, and local conferences and publish their research findings in the scientific literature. Student research has been internationally recognized by various media and supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the New York Energy and Development Authority, and Sigma Xi.
If you would like to be part of a vibrant, scientific community, come visit us or drop us an email to discuss opportunities.
Without any doubt in my mind, one of the only reasons that I was able to complete my education and successfully enter my current position as a Ph.D. candidate in genetics was due to the constant support and guidance that I received at UC.