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Biology at Fredonia

Fredonia's Department of Biology offers the most up-to-date facilities, cutting edge instrumentation and technology of any undergraduate biology department in New York State. Fredonia's award-winning faculty blend outstanding instruction with research and professional learning opportunities for every student enrolled in these programs. All of this translates into an outstanding experience for students. Fredonia now has an accelerated program in Biology that enables students to earn B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology in five years, instead of the conventional six years.

The Fredonia Difference

The Department of Biology offers the smaller class sizes and individualized advising of a small college, and the diverse programs, course offerings and research opportunities of a larger university. The department is housed in Fredonia's $60 million Science Center, which opened in 2014. The Department of Biology has over $4 million worth of cutting edge tools and instrumentation; all of which are used by students in teaching and research labs.


Career Opportunities

  • Health care professions (medicine, dental etc)
  • Researcher
  • Ecology and environmental management and conservation
  • Forensic science
  • Biotechnology
  • Science museums/zoos/aquariums/parks/nature centers

It's Different Here



Fredonia's state-of-the-art Science Center contains over $4 million in new equipment and instruments.

Summer research

Fellowships are available for students for 10 week projects under the mentorship of faculty.

Small class sizes

Course enrollment is limited to 10-25 students to ensure faculty-student interaction.

Student Story

Leah Kerns Webb

"Every Fredonia Biology professor is willing to help you when you need it. They also push you to find the true potential that you don’t even know you have yet."

After graduating from Fredonia, Leah went on to complete her degree at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Leah Kerns Webb Biology Class of 2012

Why Biology at Fredonia?

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Health professions

Students interested in health professions such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry, or Pharmacy often select the Biology or Molecular Genetics programs as a major.

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Research opportunities

Every Biology student engages in research experiences. Our students go to Yellowstone National Park to study ecosystems, and the Bahamas to study marine biology.

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Experts in their field

Faculty come from world-renowned universities; and they teach the same courses at Fredonia taught at those institutions.

Sample Courses

BIOL 438 Molecules and Medicine

The course will cover material on traditional drugs used in medicine and discuss the transition to new drugs that have been designed to interact with a specific target. Students will discuss ethical issues relating to medicine and pharmaceuticals.

BIOL 336 Mammalian Physiology

Individual physiological systems, e.g. respiratory, cardiovascular, are examined. Organ and system action are related to demonstrate integration of function within the body. Major emphasis will be on normal human functions.

BIOL 412 Sociobiology

The course covers social behavior from the perspective of evolutionary theory. Topics include sex, aggression, altruism, parent-offspring conflict, and the origin of cooperative societies.

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