Biology educates students on the underlying principles governing life. At Siena, students learn this in small lecture and laboratory sections that are taught by department faculty (not teaching assistants). Regardless of your specific career path, the critical thinking and hands-on laboratory skills that you develop as a biology major will give you a significant advantage over the competition.
Our goal of placing students in competitive post-graduate programs and careers requires that we offer an intense and rigorous program. All biology majors benefit from high expectations.
As a Siena College biology major, you will work hard, but along the way, you will form life-long bonds and have a lot of fun, too. The high standards of our program ensure that students who excel in our program are routinely accepted into high quality medical and other professional schools. Equally important, our alums report back that their Siena education prepared them well for life after Siena.
Small lecture and laboratory classes taught by faculty (no TAs!).
A laboratory-intensive curriculum, where students work directly with full-time faculty who are experts in their discipline.
Broadly trained faculty who also possess expertise in a particular biological discipline. Faculty members are encouraged to establish and maintain active research programs in order to remain current in their disciplines, enthusiastic about their courses and to provide independent study opportunities for students.
In addition to a biology core curriculum, all students take courses in the areas of cell/molecular biology, physiology, morphology and organismic/population biology.
An emphasis on critical thinking and active engagement in the biological sciences.
Independent research opportunities that allow students to creatively build on fundamental concepts and techniques to address interesting biological questions. This includes on-campus independent research courses mentored by department faculty.
Off-campus science internships in biology are offered for credit.
Development of marketable skills: critical thinking, quantitative analysis, curiosity and creating thinking, written and oral communication, working cooperatively in a team environment, hands-on laboratory skills in a variety of areas.
Requirements (36 credits)
BIOL110 - General Biology I 4 credits
BIOL170 - Advanced General Biology 4 credits
BIOL120 - General Biology II Lecture 4 credits
BIOL180 - Advanced Gen Biology Seminar 2 credits
BIOL190 - Writing/Research Skills for Biol 3 credits
BIOL260 - Molecular Genetics 4 credits
One course from each of the following areas:
Cellular & Molecular (CEMO)
Organismic & Population (ORPO)
3 additional Biology Electives 220 level or greater with the exception of Genetics Lab & Biology Seminar. Independent research in Biology (Biol-499) may fulfil up to one of the three additional courses but only if the course is taken for 2 or 3 credits.
A total of 11 biology courses must be completed
Auxiliary Courses (32 credits)
CHEM110 - General Chemistry 1 4 credits
CHEM120 - General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM210 - Organic Chem I 4 credits
CHEM220 - Organic Chem II Lect and Lab 4 credits
MATH110 - Calculus I 4 credits
MATH120 - Calculus II 4 credits
PHYS110 - Gen Physics IA Lect and Lab 4 credits
PHYS130 - General Physics I 4 credits
PHYS120 - Gen Physics IIA Lect and Lab 4 credits
PHYS140 - General Physics II 4 credits
The United States medical school acceptance rate over the past four years is 88%. This is more than double the national average.
1 in 5 biology students study abroad
94% of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school
100% of courses are taught by faculty (no teaching assistants)
75% of regular courses include a lab component
The average number of students involved in independent study or research per semester during the past three years is 37
The amount in research grants secured over the past six years is $1.5 million
63% pursue a graduate degree after Siena
There were 15 presentations at regional, national, or international research conferences co-authored by Siena biology majors in the last two years
Employers of our Graduates
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
New York State Police Forensics Department
Albany Medical Center
Boston Heart Diagnostics Lab
Massachusetts General Hospital
New York State Department of Environmental Conversation
Mount Sinai Hospital
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by our Graduates
Albany Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York University
University at Albany, School of Public Health
University at Buffalo School of Medicine
University of Maryland
Careers or Postgraduate Programs Entered by Recent Graduates
Graduate School: MS and Ph.D. programs in fields such as ecology, genetics, and neuroscience
Secondary Education Teaching