Bachelor in Biology


Program Description


The Alfred University Accounting major prepares you and your classmates to become certified public accountants, auditors, and consultants, enjoying dynamic employment opportunities following graduation in an ever-changing economic climate. You are also given the option of applying these principles in other majors and fields, such as business, finance, and law.

  • Modern Facilities

The Science Center facilities house a variety of research-grade equipment including digital imaging systems, laminar flow hoods, fluorescent and phase-contrast microscopes, UV/VIS spectrophotometers, molecular biology equipment, field sampling equipment, and environmental growth chambers.

  • Travel Aboard

Want to explore Belize? Through our Tropical Biology course, you can! The student-run Biology Club also organizes field trips and other out-of-class learning activities that enhance your understanding and curiosity in the biological and health sciences.

  • Balanced Learning

Thanks to small class sizes, your critical thinking, and problem-solving skills will be developed through student-centered courses and regular instructor collaborations, while your technical skills will be honed in laboratory sessions that start your first year.

Research Opportunities

The Biology program at AU promotes and supports hands-on, interactive learning through laboratory and field courses, inquiry-based instruction, research activities, internships, and discussions/seminars concerning modern biological research. Students at AU have many opportunities to conduct research by becoming involved in faculty research projects or by designing their own independent research projects.

Biology Club

The AU Biology Club is for students interested in biology, regardless of major. Activities include gardening, Biology Bingo parties, local travel to biology-related museums and attractions, and biology trivia game nights. Members also assist the community and campus by sponsoring blood and organ donation drives as well as providing tutoring to other students in biology classes.

Engaging Lectures

Alfred alumni and invited speakers share their insights on contemporary research practices, professional employment, and growth opportunities within the biological and health sciences. Students often work with the speakers in small classes and visit with them socially. Topics include ethics in medicine, evolutionary biology, forensic anthropology, public health, and Junior and Senior Seminars presented by classmates.


You will complete a core of courses and select a prescribed number of elective courses related to your personal and career interests. Additional courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics are required or recommended. All courses taken as part of the Biology major must be passed with a grade of C or better.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in Biology, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

Biology Three Year Plan

Many upper division courses in Biology are offered on an alternate year structure. In order to help you plan ahead, please download a copy of our current Three Year Plan (printable version).

*Please note this three-year plan represents our "best guess." Offerings may shift in response to student needs and/or faculty staffing.

Upper-level requirements and electives are determined according to your career interests and your decision to focus on cell/molecular biology, organismal biology, or ecological biology.


Alfred University's Biology program has an international reputation for producing graduates who are solidly prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to postgraduate study programs.

Alfred University graduates have been admitted to numerous medical, dental, and veterinary schools as well as programs for physician assistants and physical therapy. Examples of recent health-related graduate school admissions include:

  • University of Florida
  • Ohio State
  • University of Illinois
  • Gannon University
  • Cornell University

Our graduates are also successfully admitted to graduate programs for various disciplines in Biology. Examples of graduate school admissions include:

  • Auburn University - Biological Sciences
  • Washington University - Genome Sciences
  • Nazareth College - Education
  • SUNY ESF - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Biology graduates are successful in biology-related occupations as:

  • Research Technicians
  • Animal Control Officers
  • Biology Teachers
  • Falconry Experts
  • STEM Specialists
Last updated Sep 2018

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About the School

At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on ... Read More

At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the studio, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field. Read less