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Life-enhancing research and solutions to real-world problems.

Undergraduate Programs

The Biological Sciences Department at the University at Albany offers three unique undergraduate degree programs: 

  1. The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences provides the technical preparation required for further study in medical school or graduate school and the strong preparation needed for entrance exams.
  2. The Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences provides students who want to combine an interest in liberal arts or fine arts with a major in Biology.
  3. The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is targeted on students interested in these rapidly developing fields of science.
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 of UAlbany students who gained enrollment to PA programs were Biology majors


 of students receiving pre-health advisement were accepted into medical school


of pre-health advisees accepted into medical school were Biology majors

Forensics Lab
Graduate Programs

The Biological Sciences Department at the University at Albany offers graduate programs leading to PhD and Master’s degrees in Biology as well as a Professional Science Management Certificate program that allow students to participate in research while preparing for successful careers around the world.   

Each graduate program offers “core” areas of focus. The PhD program in Biology focuses on Molecular, Cellular, Developmental, and Neural Biology (MCDN); the Master’s program in Biology offers master’s degrees in Forensic Science Investigation and Management and Biological Sciences; and the certificate program offers a Professional Science Management Certificate in Forensic Biology.


The faculty and students in the Department of Biological Sciences at UAlbany are actively engaged in research in a highly-diverse variety of research topics and projects addressing a spectrum of issues of interest and concern to the scientific and general community. 

Supervised undergraduate research provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience working in actual research labs with respected faculty and the opportunity to gain experience in presenting their research and competing for awards.

Graduate research benefits from the Department’s access to state-of-the-art research facilities (including the Department’s Biological Imaging facilities) as well as resources available at the RNA Institute and the Core facilities (including the Tissue Culture Core, Molecular Core, Chemistry Core, Mass Spectrometry Core, Animal Labs, and Nuclear Magnentic Resonance Imaging facility).

Various instrumentation, equipment and personnel within the Molecular Core Facility in the Life Sciences Building
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