The Department of Biology, Marine Biology & Environmental Science is housed in a large, new building offering modern teaching and research laboratories, a spacious wet-lab with running seawater, several greenhouses and state-of-the-art instrumentation for cell and molecular biology. The Department offers both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology, marine biology, and environmental science, as well as a dual degree program in Pharmacy. Minors are also offered in biology, marine biology, environmental science, aquaculture and aquarium science. The Department has a very active program for undergraduate research, and students are encouraged to join an ongoing project as early as their first year.
The department offers both Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Science options in three different majors, and maintains a relationship with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for a dual degree in Pharmacy. Combined with four different minors, a certificate program in biotechnology, and health profession advising, the Department prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the life and environmental sciences.
Our faculty members maintain active research programs and are committed to providing opportunities for students to become involved in undergraduate research in Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science. As an undergraduate institution without graduate programs in the sciences, all of our science facilities and equipment are available for student research and students are encouraged to get involved as early as their first year.
The Marine & Natural Sciences Building houses state-of-the art laboratories, a wetlab with flowing sea water from the Mt. Hope Bay, a saltwater learning platform, computer facilities, lecture halls and faculty offices. The Luther Blount Shellfish Hatchery and the Aquatic Diagnostic Laboratory were added to the building in as part of a recent multi-million dollar renovation.