Biology at UAlbany "At A Glance"

Students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany are taught and mentored by faculty who are known worldwide.  Each of the 26 full-time faculty, 4 full-time teaching staff, and 5 lecturers has a strong background in teaching and research and received additional training at prestigious universities. Students learn modern approaches to biology and can participate in strong research programs in active, modern research laboratories. 

In 2015, over 730 undergraduate majors sought one of three degrees in Biological Sciences:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (which combines Biology with a strong distributed-science background)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences (which combines Biology with a secondary focus in Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, or Fine Arts)
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (a faculty-initiated concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology that combines Biology and Chemistry into a strong background in modern Biotechnology)

The University's enthusiastic undergraduate students can participate in a formal program of independent research that allows them to earn credit while being trained and receiving experience in laboratory procedures.  Students present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium where they compete for awards and earn recognition for their work.

In 2015, sixty graduate students (35 Ph.D., 25 Master's) worked towards one of four graduate degrees:

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, which includes specializations in:
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB Specialization)
    • Molecular, Cellular, Developmental, and Neural Biology (MCDN Specialization)
  • Masters in Biological Sciences, specifically:
    • Master of Science in Biological Sciences
    • Master of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy
    • Master of Science in Forensic Biology.