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.
- Health care professions (medicine, dental etc)
- Ecology and environmental management and conservation
- Forensic science
- 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.
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.
"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?
Students interested in health professions such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry, or Pharmacy often select the Biology or Molecular Genetics programs as a major.
Every Biology student engages in research experiences. Our students go to Yellowstone National Park to study ecosystems, and the Bahamas to study marine biology.
Experts in their field
Faculty come from world-renowned universities; and they teach the same courses at Fredonia taught at those institutions.
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.
Biology at Fredonia
Biology in the news
Fredonia graduate Steven Gangloff, M.D., will present one of his own interesting case studies, “The Haunting of Willow Lane,” and discuss his overall medical school journey in the Alumni Speaker Series, hosted by the Health Professions Advising program, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Lisa Cleckner, who serves as director of the Finger Lakes Institute, will give a virtual talk on water resource management in the Finger Lakes region on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m.
For the past two years, a SUNY Fredonia group has traveled to Honduras to conduct medical brigades, and is holding its annual art raffle in planning for future trips.