Oswego’s biology major connects you with the skills needed to succeed in many pathways and a network of accomplished faculty and alumni.

You can choose to study and investigate a number of specialization areas including cellular and molecular, organismal and systematic, genetic and developmental, or environmental and population biology. Outstanding student opportunities include labs in the new Shineman Center, the college’s expansive Rice Creek Field Station, many active clubs, internships and experience overseas solving pressing issues in our Global Laboratory.

Launch your career


Top-notch facilities in the Shineman Center and Rice Creek Field Station with helpful and knowledgeable professors will provide you with great preparation and research opportunities. Active student organizations provide on-campus connections while a successful network of graduates can help you find internships during college as well as opportunities after graduation. Research and hands-on learning opportunities abound outside Oswego's labs — from many internship avenues to Oswego’s unique Global Labs that provide study-abroad projects in Africa, Asia and South America. We also offer an honors program in the major for exceptional students.


Opportunities include

  • Microbiologist
  • Teacher
  • Laboratory technician
  • Laboratory specialist in industry, medical and environmental labs and health service departments

Graduate studies may include

  • Biological & zoological research
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Osteopathy
  • Optometry
  • Physical therapy
  • Medical technology
  • Veterinary medicine


Learning can take place in classrooms, labs and fields near and far. The new Shineman Center features top-flight labs including the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Center where you gain hands-on experience with current equipment. Our Rice Creek Field Station provides a natural laboratory of flora and fauna. Specialized facilities support cytological and histological studies, molecular and microbiological studies, animal behavior, and plant ecology and development.

“Two classes, microbiology and molecular biology, have really challenged me. I’m already utilizing them in classes I’m taking now, and in the research I did this past summer. I worked at a pharmacy lab at Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, testing a plant’s effects on coagulation. I’m grateful I took those difficult classes.”

— Mary DaCosta ’15