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Biological Sciences Programs at SUNY Plattsburgh

A message from the chair:
“Hi. I’m glad that you’re interested in the Department of Biological Sciences. The department offers five majors and three minors so wherever your interests in biology lie, there’s probably a degree that just right for you. Our goal as a department is for you to thrive academically and to leave here with the skills and knowledge to be successful in your career and your life after college. That’s why we strive to combine rigorous training in modern biology with a supportive learning environment.”

“I hope you’ll take the time to check out our beautiful recently renovated facilities, review our degree programs including our pre-health programs and see what our students and recent graduates are up to.”


“If you have questions about our programs please feel free to email me. I’m happy to answer any questions you have.”
— Neil Buckley

Build a Successful Career in Biology

Are you planning to attend medical school? Interested in a career as a veterinarian or a dentist? Do you want to carry out research with faculty? Our graduates have done all of these. Whatever your aspirations, if biology fascinates you and you are thinking about building your future around it then SUNY Plattsburgh is the place for you.

Health-Related Professions With a Future

If you enjoy biology, chemistry, and lab work and are looking for a challenging career with an excellent job outlook then the med-tech/cytotech program may be for you. Most of our graduates have multiple job offers by the time they complete their clinical internship. For more information please visit the med-tech/cytotech program pages.

Pre-Health and Pre-Med Advisement

The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee can help you choose the right health career for you. If you decide to continue your studies in medical school, veterinary school, or other related disciplines the committee can help you prepare for graduate schools.

Undergraduate Research and State-of-the-Art Teaching Facilities

Our students’ undergraduate research projects have resulted in numerous student publications, research grants, and presentations at national and international conferences. We actively engage our students in research through participation in faculty-mentored research projects (Bio 495) and the unique Bio490 Investigative Biology Research Experience.

The Department of Biological Sciences is in Hudson Hall, which houses not only the Department of Biological Sciences, but the departments of Chemistry, Physics and the Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences. The building was renovated in 2013 at a cost in excess of $24 million with an additional $4 million spent on equipping the labs and teaching spaces. The resulting teaching and research facilities are bright and airy and offer students an excellent learning environment and the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date equipment.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about biological sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. Neil Buckley, Chair
Office: Hudson Hall 337
Phone: (518) 564-3155
Email: [email protected]