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  • Gain valuable Hands-on experience

    Hudson Hall is home to eight large teaching labs including microbiology, genetics and molecular biology labs.

  • Build a Successful Career in Biology

    Gain the skills you need to thrive in your chosen area of biological science.

Biological Sciences Department

Are you planning to attend medical school? Interested in a career as a veterinarian or a dentist? Do you want to carry out research with faculty? Our graduates have done all of these. Whatever your aspirations, if biology fascinates you and you are thinking about building your future around it then SUNY Plattsburgh is the place for you.

Health-Related Professions with a Future

If you enjoy biology, chemistry, and lab work and are looking for a challenging career with an excellent job outlook then the med-tech program may be for you. Most of our graduates have multiple job offers by the time they complete their clinical internship. For more information please visit the med-tech program page.

Pre-Med & Pre-Health Advisement

We can help you choose the right health career for you and prepare for grad school.

Pre-health Professions Advisement

Medical Technology Advisement

Get help choosing an internship site and planning for a career.

Medical Technology Advisement

Portrait of Neil BuckleyA message from the chair:

“Hi. I’m glad that you’re interested in the Department of Biological Sciences. The department offers five majors and three minors so wherever your interests in biology lie, there’s probably a degree that’s just right for you. Our goal as a department is for you to thrive academically and to leave here with the skills and knowledge to be successful in your career and your life after college. That’s why we strive to combine rigorous training in modern biology with a supportive learning environment.”

“I hope you’ll take the time to check out our beautiful recently renovated facilities, review our degree programs including our pre-health programs and see what our recent graduates are up to.”

“If you have questions about our programs please feel free to email me. I’m happy to answer any questions you have.” — Neil Buckley


Dr. Luke Tyrrell & Colleagues Find Key to Flycatcher’s Incredible Vision

Portrait of Dr. Luke Tyrrell and an image of the flycatcher's retina

Dr. Luke Tyrrell and colleagues recently discovered a new type of photoreceptor that is present in the eyes of flycatchers. Flycatchers are small, predatory birds that specialize on tracking and catching insects. The new photoreceptors contain extremely large and dense groupings of mitochondria that are surrounded by small, orange droplets of oil. Dr. Tyrrell thinks that these ‘megamitochondria’ give the photoreceptors incredibly high refresh rates that would effectively provide the flycatchers a visual channel that sees in ‘slow motion.’ This discovery was recently published in Scientific Reports.


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