Biology

Bachelor's Degree Programs (BA & BS)

A bachelor's degree in biology offers a fundamental education in life sciences that can be a stepping stone to a vast array of careers, including pharmacist, dentist, physical and occupational therapist, and many others, even doctor.

Graduates in biology can also directly enter industry in related jobs in healthcare or environmental companies. Or if you are interested in teaching biology at the middle school, high school or college level, a bachelor's degree is the right start.

Distinctions

  • Gross Anatomy Course – You'll benefit from hands-on experience in anatomy through dissection of human cadavers in our state-of-the-art laboratory. Typically, courses like this are taught in the first year of medical or dental school. D'Youville College is one of the very few colleges to offer gross anatomy courses for undergraduate students.
  • Paid Laboratory Research Opportunities – Starting in your junior or senior year, you'll have the opportunity to conduct paid research under the supervision alongside scientists at collaborating institutions like the world-renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Few biology programs offer these types of exceptional undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Career and Graduate School Guidance – Ace your graduate or professional school entrance exams with D'Youville's in-house review course. Students at other colleges often pay $1,000 or more to take similar courses from commercial firms. If you're unsure about a career path, your assigned faculty advisor will help you explore your options.

Program Options

The Biology major offers two degree options:

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology

  • More extensive program that will prepare students for careers in science or medicine.
  • Meets the admissions requirements of graduate programs in biological specialties, as well as medical, dental, veterinary and chiropractic schools.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology

  • Allows students preparing for non-traditional career tracks to acquire a strong foundation in biology, while also developing skills in other areas
  • Requires fewer courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics than the BS degree.
  • Meets the admissions requirements of graduate programs in education, physical therapy and other graduate programs.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Program Curriculum (PDF) 


D'Youville Advantages

  • Benefit from direct entry into one of D'Youville's combined professional degree programs in health-related fields or education. You'll graduate in less time and save money, because you'll pay undergraduate tuition for your graduate studies.
  • Get individualized attention in small classes, usually around 20 students, and not more than 40. Science labs range from 12 to 15 students per class.
  • 100% of classes at D'Youville College are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants.

Art & Medicine Study Abroad Program

In this video, Gene Smith, a biology major, talks about his degree program and how his study abroad experience in Florence, Italy changed his life.

Gene participated in the Art and Medicine Study Abroad Program (May 2014), a faculty-led study abroad program at D'Youville College. Open to students from all majors, this one-credit academic program happens in May of each year. To learn more about participating, contact Kathleen Anderson


 

Note to applicants: Be sure to check out the application and admission requirements for these programs.

Biology Careers

A degree in biology opens the door to many careers. It can equip you for graduate school and lead to a teaching or research career at a college or university. It may provide the foundation for a career as a doctor, dentist or veterinarian. It can also lead to a teaching position at a high school or prepare you for related occupations in business, industry and government.

We offer two Biology bachelor's degree programs to suit your specific career goals:

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology

  • More extensive program that will prepare students for careers in science or medicine or biological research.
  • Meets the admissions requirements of graduate programs in biological specialties, as well as medical, dental, veterinary and chiropractic schools.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology

  • Prepares you to work immediately in biology or a biomedical field.
  • Meets the admissions requirements of graduate programs in education, physical therapy and other graduate programs.

Tip: Benefit from direct entry into one of D'Youville's combined professional degree programs in health-related fields or education. You'll graduate in less time and save money, because you'll pay undergraduate tuition for your graduate studies.

Internships

Starting in your junior or senior year, biology majors have the opportunity to conduct paid research under the supervision of D'Youville faculty, alongside scientists at collaborating institutions near the D'Youville Campus,including Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman Woodward Research Institute. Few undergraduate biology programs offer these types of exceptional research opportunities.

Research opportunities with our science faculty will give you an excellent introduction to the world of research, allowing you the opportunity to collect and interpret data. Many students receive National Science Foundation stipends, and also present their projects at international conferences.

Alumni Successes

  • Jamal Williams '15 has degrees in Math and Biology and is now in graduate school at Buffalo State College.
  • Robert Kubiak '15 has degrees in Biology and Chemistry and is now working on a Ph.D at Emory University.
  • Scott Heller '14 has a degree in Biology and is now in medical school at the University at Buffalo.
  • David Truong '14 has a Biology degree and is now studying to be a Physician Assistant.
  • Cecelia Lignos '14 has a Biology degree and is now an Account Executive at Cumulus Media.
  • Ashley Adamo '13 has a bachelor's degree in Biology. Her research experience as a student helped her become the Clinical Research Coordinator at DENT Neurological Institute.
  • Dr. O'Dane Brady '12 has degrees in Biology, Chiropractic, and Health Services Administration from D'Youville. He is currently treating patients in South Africa through the World Spine Care Organization.
  • Krista Pundt '11 is working on a Ph.D in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
  • Sister Patricia Kunene '11 is teaching Biology and Physical Science to grades 10-12 in South Africa.
  • Dr. Caitlin Pietrosanto '11 has a bachelor's Degree in Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from D'Youville. She has a chiropractic practice in New York City.
  • Kristin Smith '10 is continuing her education at D'Youville and is close to finishing a doctorate in Physical Therapy.
  • Benjamin Binga '10 has accepted a position as a Biotech Production Specialist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
  • Zack Wintrob '09 is pursuing a Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences at University at Buffalo.
  • Melissa Hurwitz '08 is completing postgraduate work at the New York College of Podiatry.
  • Dr. Remona Rhooms '07 attended Royal Veterinary College in the UK and now works as a veterinarian at Animal Care and Control in Brooklyn.
  • Kwadwo Bediako '07 was accepted into Pharmacy school and admitted into the Master's program in Biochemistry at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Lamin Trawally '07 was accepted into the doctoral program in Biochemistry at the University at Buffalo.
  • Dr. Kathleen Over '06 has a Biology degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from D'Youville. She is currently practicing in Williamsville, NY.
  • Karen Grinnen '06 was accepted into four Pharm D programs after completing her bachelor's Degree in Biology.
  • Dawn Snyder '05 graduated with a BA in Biology and a Master's Degree in Education from D'Youville.
  • Tracy Travis '05 graduated with a BS in Biology and also earned a master's Degree in Education in 2006.
  • Lindsay Olsen '05 graduated with a BS in Biology and earned her Physician Assistant degree in 2007.
  • Michael Cole '05 started with a BS in Biology and went on to earn a master's Degree in Physical Therapy at D'Youville in 2008.
  • Dr. Anna Vuori '05 graduated with a BS in Biology at D'Youville and went on to obtain her Medical Doctorate at the Brighton-Sussex Medical College in the UK. She currently practices in Finland.
  • Hoang Nguyen '05 graduated with a BS in Biology and obtained his Medical Doctorate at the University of St. Louis Medical School. He did a residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University and is pursuing a specialty in Pediatrics.
  • Petra Link '04 is a research associate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
  • Dr. Ryan Maine '04 received his DDS from the Dental School at the University at Buffalo.
  • Michael Gannon '04 achieved candidacy for a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry at SUNY Buffalo in 2007.
  • Dr. Tracy Guidard '03 graduated from the Dental School at University at Buffalo in 2007.
  • Todd Rhodes '03 was pursued his MBA at University at Buffalo after attending D'Youville.
  • Dr. Matthew Strom '02 successfully defended his doctoral thesis in Oceanography at the University of Delaware at Lewes and accepted a position in the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C..
  • Dr. Joel Sebastian '94 received his MD from University at Buffalo, completed his residency at Westchester, and received a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently practices at the Hallifax Health Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. He performs general, laparoscopic, and bariatric surgeries. He was featured on September 22, 2009 in a live webcast by ORLive.com.
  • Randy Seitz '94 completed his BA in Biology at D'Youville and MBA at Clarion University. He is now the President/CEO at Penn-Northwest Development Corporation.
  • Dr. Kevin Faber '93 was an honors graduate at D'Youville. His thesis centered on the neuroanatomy of vision. He completed his residency in Neurology at the University of Iowa Medical Center. He started his practice at Merit Care in Fargo, ND in July 2007. He specializes in sleep studies.
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