Biology at Siena College

As a biology major, you will develop an appreciation of biology at all levels—from molecules to ecosystems—integrated within the context of darwinian evolution.

Our unique combination of academic rigor and close student-faculty relationships give our graduates the strong foundation they need for successful careers in all fields of Biology. Regardless of your specific career path, the critical thinking and hands-on laboratory and field skills that you develop while a biology major will give you a significant advantage over the competition when entering graduate programs and careers.

We know our Saints are looking for a flexible and custom education, so we created a program that does just that. From engineering to zoology, to careers in healthcare and more. Our graduates are also successful in gaining admission to competitive graduate and professional programs. Small, faculty-taught classes focus on critical thinking and active engagement through a broad-based, laboratory-intensive curriculum. Our students have the opportunity to experience independent research, study abroad opportunities, internships, and second majors.

Biology majors are prepared for in-demand careers

Siena biology majors go on to succeed in a variety of top fields including medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary, pharmacist, chiropractic, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, cytotechnology, and education. They work at respected companies like  ACUMED, Advanced Scientifics, Boston Heart Diagnostics Laboratory, General Electric, GeneWiz, Life Technologies, Massachusetts General Hospital, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, NYS Police Forensics Department, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and Regeneron.

Biology Department Student Learning Outcomes

Biology graduates will be able to:
  1. Explain key biology concepts within an evolutionary framework and across different levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems.
  2. Evaluate scientific literature to engage in scientific discussion, debate competing ideas, and formulate arguments.
  3. Apply scientific inquiry to address biological questions, including hypothesis formulation and experimental design. 
  4. Operate equipment and use experimental techniques competently in lab and field settings.
  5. Apply quantitative reasoning to problems in biology, including analyzing data and modeling biological phenomena. 
  6. Effectively communicate current knowledge of biology orally and in writing to varied audiences, including faculty, peers, community members, and/or other professionals.
  7. Evaluate information related to global challenges in biology and society, including climate change, habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, sustainable resource use, and disease outbreaks.

Our Saints Succeed

Over 90% of Siena students who apply for medical programs are accepted, more than double the national average. In fact, The Princeton Review has ranked Siena as one of the best programs nationwide for biology majors!

Get in the Game

Looking for hands-on learning experience that spans far outside the classroom walls? Check out some of the research our faculty and students have worked on. 

Small Classes

We have small lecture and laboratory classes taught by faculty, not TA's! In our laboratory-intensive curriculum, students work directly with full-time faculty who are experts in their discipline.

 

In the Field

Biology majors at Siena have numerous opportunities to work in natural settings, either in field-based courses like Ecology or by working independently with one of our faculty members conducting fieldwork.

I have been challenged to do my best work all four years in the program and I learned to not only take responsibility to learn from my mistakes, but to be proud of my accomplishments and use them as tools to acquire more knowledge.

Elizabeth Rogan '15

Biology Seminars

8/28/2020 Seminar Becky Lee Smith (Link to Video; detailed Q&A document)