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.

Undergraduate Study in Biology

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

Undergraduate Study in Biology Outside the Biology Department

For undergraduates, the study of Biology is not restricted to the Department of Biological Sciences. Students can also follow their interests in biology through: Students can also participate in independent research projects with faculty from:

Graduate Study in Biology

Graduate students can choose from a Master's and Ph.D. programs that provide outstanding opportunities to work closely with faculty, and excellent facilities and equipment to pursue research interests.

The Master's Degree in Biology includes two options:

The Ph.D. Degree in Biology includes two core areas:


Professional Science Management Certificates

The PSM Certification goes beyond the Master's Program to prepare graduates for careers in business, industry, the non-profit sector, and government agencies. The Certificate is an alternative for those who do not wish to pursue an additional degree in Business Administration and include two focuses:


Opportunities in Biology off campus

Our students often pursue additional opportunities off-campus.

Such opportunities exist throughout the New York State Capital 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, Adirondack Park, Catskill Park, the Hudson River Estuary, and many areas maintained by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Nature Conservancy, and the Mohawk-Hudson 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

Albany NY and the Capital District

Albany is in the center of the New York State Capital District and has access to all of the region's associated cultural activities. Its immediate area include the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga, and their nearby suburbs and the area includes 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 Adirondack State 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 has excellent rail, plane, and highway transportation to New York City, Boston, Montreal and all of upstate New York.