The Fredonia Biology Department
The Biology Department offers the smaller class sizes and individualized advising of a small college, and the diverse programs and research opportunities of a larger university. You'll find the best of both worlds at the Biology Department at SUNY Fredonia.
Small class sizes
The lecture courses in Biology are much smaller than those offered by research universities. All lecture courses in Biology are taught by faculty. The upper level elective courses typically have between 10 and 25 students. Faculty value personal interactions with our students. Laboratory sections are limited to 24 students to ensure that each student has access to the equipment being used.
All members of the faculty are committed to excellence in classroom and laboratory instruction. Our faculty have been the recipients of two President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and one Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
All Biology Department students are advised by Biology faculty. You will have regular meetings with your advisor during which you will receive individualized advisement about your program, career possibilities and course scheduling.
Take a look in our research labs and you’ll find students and faculty working together: Investigating the molecular switches associated with numerous forms of cancer; Studying sexual cannibalism in praying mantids; Assessing bacterial pollution in local lakes and creeks; Following the impact of exercise on muscle function and structure; Investigating how green algae can be used to make biofuels.
Biology Department majors are encouraged to participate in research projects with faculty. These projects provide students with the opportunities to experience the science of biology. Many students perform mentored undergraduate research under the supervision of a Biology professor during the academic year for which they earn course credit. Students can also perform these types of research projects in the summer, and fellowships are available to fund the projects. These fellowships provide a generous stipend and materials budget ($2500-3000) for student researchers. Funding for these fellowships have been provided by the Holmberg Foundation, the Barker Fund, the Merck/AAAS Foundation and others. Students who participate in research have the opportunity to present the results of their research at the SUNY Fredonia Research and Creativity Expo, and at regional, statewide or national scientific meetings. Students have also co-authored research articles with their faculty advisors.
We also offer a Biology Honors program to academically talented students, affording them the opportunity to perform research at an advanced level.
Excellence in faculty research
The faculty are diverse and active in their research undertakings. Our faculty have been the recipients of the William T. and Charlotte N. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award, and have published many articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
You’ll find our students off-campus performing clinical internships in hospital laboratories and environmental health internships at local health departments. Pre-health students often intern at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, veterinary clinics and hospitals. Still other students have performed on-campus practicums in our department greenhouse and natural history museum.
The Biology Department offers four major undergraduate programs of study in Biology, Biology Adolescence Education, Medical Technology and Molecular Genetics. These diverse programs offer students great flexibility in preparation for employment and continuing education. Some programs are particularly career oriented, while others offer excellent preparation for graduate and professional school. The department also offers a graduate program in Biology which offers students advanced preparation for PhD programs and professional school, as well as for advanced employment opportunities.
Biology Department students also connect with the community by participating in beach and creek clean ups, in the removal of invasive plant species, and in fundraisers for local charities. Members of the Biology Department clubs also find time to enjoy white water rafting, visit zoos and museums, host pot luck dinners, and participate in scavenger hunts and movie nights.
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(716) 673-3282 (Voice) (716) 673-3493 (Fax)