Why Study Biology at UAlbany

Students in Biological Sciences receive a strong background in modern biology and in research practices and technology.  Our students are provided with stepping stones to a variety of careers in biological research and health-related professions, and to many other applications of biology.

For undergraduates, Biology at UAlbany is not just in the Department of Biological Sciences.  Students can also follow interests through Human Biology (Anthropology Department) , through biopsychology (Psychology Department), through Public Health (School of Public Health), through Environmental Science (Atmospheric and Environmental Science) and through independent research with faculty in Nanobioscience (College of Nanoscience and Engineering) or in Cancer Research (Gensys Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics).

Our students often pursue additional opportunities off-campus.   Such opportunities exist throughout the New York State Capitol District and provide students with a variety of opportunities: Students often complete research projects at Albany Medical College, Albany College of Pharmacy, the New York State Museum, and the various facilities of the New York State Department of Health.  Ecology students often work in natural areas near UAlbany, including the Huyck Preserve, the Albany Pine Bush, the Adirondack Park, the Catskill Park, the Hudson River Estuary, and many areas maintained by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Nature Conservancy, and the Albany Land Conservancy.  Pre-Health students have a variety of medical facilities where they can pursue relevant experience, including St. Peter’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital, the Veterans Administration Facility and the Albany Medical College.

Graduate students can choose from a range of masters programs and a PhD program that provide  outstanding opportunities to work closely with faculty, and excellent facilities and equipment to pursue research interests.

Albany is in the New York State Capitol district, and has access to all the associated cultural activities.  The immediate area includes Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga and nearby suburbs, and has about two million residents.  The district is situated near the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and has been a key crossroads throughout US history.  To the north are the Adirondack Mountains and Park, to the west are the Finger Lakes and the Mohawk River valley, to the south are the Catskill Mountains, and to the east are the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Albany is on excellent transportation routes to New York City, Boston, Montreal and Buffalo.