There's a world of opportunity under the microscope in Medaille's biology program.

Prepare for the Workplace 

You study the effects of an invasive species on the local river ecosystem. You take samples of seawater and soils to determine the levels of contamination from a recent oil spill. You’re out in the field making a difference; bettering the lives of others. You learned how as a biology major at Medaille College.

Have you always had an interest in the study of life? What about genetics, public health or ecology? Viewing your future through the lens of Medaille’s hands-on biology program prepares you for a lifelong career.

  • Quality: At Medaille, students learn by doing. Work shoulder to shoulder with a faculty of active practitioners and researchers in the lab and in the field. It's all part of the Medaille Advantage.
  • Options: From live research assignments to teaching local youth in Science in Bloom, biology at Medaille lets you design your future.
  • Connections: Take your learning where you want it to go. Consider some recent experiences Medaille students have had in the field and in real-world internships:
    • Learn about high-quality bioproduction tools at Corning Museum of Glass.
    • Study ecological preservation at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center.
    • Get up close and personal with zoology at The Buffalo Zoo.
    • Rescue and rehabilitate wildlife at the SPCA.
    • Protect our natural resources with the New York State DEC.
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Go Places 

Epidemiology? Immunology? Mammology? At Medaille, your opportunities are as broad
as the study of life itself.

  • Mold your degree to meet your career goals with a wealth of elective courses.
  • Have you considered medical school? Prepare yourself for the MCAT and the rigors of medical education with Medaille’s courses in cell biology, epidemiology, genetics and microbiology.
  • How about veterinary school? Complete a dual program in biology and veterinary technology—with two degrees—in just four years. You’ll be fully eligible for vet school.
  • Don’t want to be a doctor or veterinarian? You’ll find that a degree in biology from Medaille opens plenty of doors.
    • The government needs biologists: Develop and enforce sustainable policies on farming, food and forestry with the USDA, FDA and National Park Service.
    • Want to get out of town? Then how about promoting global food security with the Peace Corps? Biology is a truly global discipline.
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Live a Life of Opportunity 

Any evolutionary biologist will tell you that variation naturally exists within populations, and that biological traits are inherited from an organism’s natural surroundings. At Medaille, we strive to surround you with the most diverse, engaging and experiential learning environment so you can evolve and achieve your goals.

  • Get support: You meet regularly with a professional advisor in the Advisement Center to map out your academic plan and career goals.
  • Grow: Small lab sizes means you’re running the scientific equipment instead of watching instructors do it from across the room. You get the hands-on experience you need to excel in your profession.
  • Build your education: You can design an independent research opportunity with a faculty mentor to explore an unanswered question that you’re passionate about.
  • Create a network: The Medaille alumni network extends far and wide beyond campus, helping you find your dream job.
  • Get noticed: Ready for that job interview? The Medaille Career Planning Center prepares you. Learn how to craft a resume, ace the interview and dress your best on the first day of work.
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Stay Active 

The study of life can’t be undertaken passively. Biology demands your full attention as a student, and Medaille College provides the energetic atmosphere you need to see the world of opportunity under the microscope.

From mentoring in local schools’ biology labs to engaging in immersive education trips with the Life Sciences Club and participating in special field research assignments, Medaille keeps you moving. A college program in biology is where college meets life, and at Medaille, it’s where college meets career.

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Courses & Curriculum 


Bachelor of Science Degree


Please consult the most recent Undergraduate Academic Catalog, available online at, for the official listing of courses for this program.



Medaille College concentrates on excellence in teaching, with an emphasis on personal attention to its diverse student body. Its curriculum provides a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation with early access to career-oriented education. The faculty and all of those involved in the mission of education challenge students and themselves to the highest possible standards of achievement, but that challenge is balanced by support for every individual student and a concern that each one succeeds.

General Education Core (27 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)*

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 115 Pre-Calculus (3)**

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)


Major Requirements (31 credits)

BIO 120 Botany (4)

BIO 170 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I (5)

BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II (5)

BIO 200 Microbiology (4)

BIO 220 Cell Biology (3)

BIO 301 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)

BIO 320 Ecology (4)

BIO 330 Genetics (3)


Major Electives (9 credits)

Biology Electives: Choose 3 from the following:

BIO 303 Toxicology (3)

BIO 310 Immunology (3)

BIO 340 Animal Behavior (3)

BIO 370 Advanced Vertebrate Physiology I (3)

BIO 371 Advanced Vertebrate Physiology II (3)

BIO 421 Ichthyology (4)

BIO 422 Herpetology (4)

BIO 423 Ornithology (4)

BIO 424 Mammalogy (4)

BIO 430 Organic Evolution (3)

BIO 470 Developmental Biology (3)

BIO 498 Independent Study In Biology (3)

CHE 400 General Biochemistry (4)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (22 credits)

CHE 200 General Chemistry I (4)

CHE 201 General Chemistry II (4)

CHE 300 Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHE 301 Organic Chemistry II (4)

CIS 115 Computer Information Systems or above (3)

PHI 300 Ethics (3)


Free Electives (39 credits)

May include any College course.


Total 128 credit hours


* Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a Social Sciences Elective.


** Students who meet the math requirement by placement must substitute a Free Elective.


Note: Students planning to apply for admission to graduate, medical, or veterinary school are strongly encouraged to take CHE 400 General Biochemistry, PHY 200 Principles of Physics I and PHY 201 Principles of Physics II. Additionally, students are encouraged to take either MAT 216 Survey of Introductory Calculus and its Applications, or MAT 251 Calculus I and MAT 252 Calculus II (a two-course sequence). Students interested in professional careers in medicine are advised to develop a foundation in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.


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