Department of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Director's Message:

Dr. Carol Miles

The Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University offers Bachelor of Arts
and Bachelor of Science degrees. Both degrees require understanding of core areas, such as cell biology, molecular genetics, ecology, and evolution, while also providing an
opportunity to select among a wide variety of courses in other disciplines of biology. Our
department has particular strength in genetics, microbiology, ecology, evolution and
animal behavior, but many other areas are also well represented.

The B.A. in Biology offers an opportunity to sample widely across our curriculum, work
toward a double major, or to pursue a curriculum that is rich in courses offered by other
departments. You can follow your interest in liberal arts or pursue a curriculum tailored

to the admission requirements for training in medicine and other health-care professions.

The B.S. in Biology is appropriate for students who seek more depth and specialization
within biology to prepare them for graduate school and lab and field-based careers in


Employers and post-graduate schools will be more concerned about the knowledge and
skills you have gained than in whether your degree is a B.A. or a B.S. Students of both
majors have gone on to prestigious graduate programs, entered the most competitive
medical, dental, and other professional schools, and pursued a wide range of successful


Faculty have identified four major learning outcomes for the biology major:
• ability to carry out scientific investigation
• understanding and critical evaluation of biological information
• communication through traditional and electronic media
• application of biological training to careers
These learning outcomes are achieved through our core courses, laboratory courses
enriched with educational grant support to engage students in investigative research using modern techniques, and literature-intensive courses and seminars that engage students in reading, presentation and discussion of the primary literature. Undergraduate research in faculty labs and internships provide additional opportunities for hands-on learning.

Last Updated: 8/10/15