Biology students in the lab

Major or minor in biology

You don’t study biology at Cornell College; you actually get to be a biologist. You will be asked to explore authentic research questions for which no one knows the answers. In one introductory course, students examined the impact of global warming on coral populations, performed DNA sequencing, and wrote proposals for research projects that would expand the world's scientific knowledge about coral biology.

You'll develop a range of technical and practical skills both in the field and in the laboratory while working with biology faculty. You might focus on molecular genetics, neurobiology, ecology, or conservation. More importantly, you will do all of this in a supportive learning environment where you can explore the breadth of the biological sciences and discover what kind of biologist you want to be.

Biology class on field trip to creek

Biology, One Course At A Time

Learning biology on Cornell's One Course At A Time curriculum means practicing science in “real-time.” Daily labs allow you to immerse yourself into the process of analyzing the molecular genetics of cells, measuring how cells respond to drug treatments, detecting enzyme activities in animal tissues, or applying concepts of anatomy and physiology while examining human tissues in the cadaver lab. 

Biology beyond the classroom

The One Course calendar lends itself to the study of biology on extended off-campus trips. You can study:

  • Ecology at the Wilderness Field Station in northern Minnesota
  • Conservation biology in Costa Rica or the Philippines
  • Coral biology in Belize or the Bahamas
  • Plant-insect interactions in South American rainforests

Biology student conducts research

Take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with your professors and other professional biologists. All of our biology faculty are involved in long-term research projects and work collaboratively with students both during the school year and during the Cornell Summer Research Institute. Students frequently present their work at Cornell’s annual Student Symposium or at professional conferences, and some have contributed to papers in scientific journals as undergraduates.

You will have the opportunity to take part in internships and fellowships throughout your career at Cornell. The Dimensions Program for Health Professions, part of the Berry Career Institute, is an academic enrichment program for students of any major who are interested in careers in health care. The program works closely with biology and other science departments to provide research opportunities and internships for students in health-related fields. 

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