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Biology Program 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 biology major 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 biology major 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 for Biology

  • 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 421 Biological Conservation

An examination of species diversity with an emphasis on human activities which affect these patterns.

BIOL 424 Aquatic Biology

Classification and biology of major groups of organisms that inhabit freshwater environments, characteristics of aquatic habitats, pollution of aquatic environments, and the role of physical and chemical factors in aquatic ecosystems.

BIOL 480 Molecular Biology of Disease

The course will cover topics relating to the genetic and biochemical etiology of human disease.

Biology at Fredonia

Biology in the news

Journal publishes cancer research paper by Biology professor, student 

“Neutrophils and Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in Cancer: Promising Targets for Engineered Nanomaterials,” a research paper written by Dr. Emeka Okeke, senior Biochemistry major Caitlin Snyder, of Utica, and two researchers, has been published in the journal Drug Delivery and Translational Research.

Alumni panel to discuss careers in biotechnology

The departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Biology will present “Careers in Biotechnology and Drug Discovery,” a panel discussion with Drs. Jason Gestwicki, Jeffery Kelly and H. Michael Petrassi, at the Kelly Family Auditorium, Science Center Room 105, on Friday, May 12.

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