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Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cortland, NY, United States
As a Biology major at Suny Cortland, you’ll benefit from a strong, comprehensive foundation in the central areas of biology and related sciences. You also can choose from specialized study as you prepare for a variety of biology-related employment opportunities or for entry into graduate or professional schools.
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The Biology major from Suny Cortland provides a solid foundation in biology yet retains considerable flexibility. Students in this major can prepare for a variety of biology-related employment opportunities or for entry into graduate or professional schools.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental biological concepts. 
  • Understand and apply basic principles in the fields of chemistry, physics and mathematics.
  • Apply the process of scientific inquiry, formulation and testing of scientific hypotheses, and development of experimental protocols to address biological problems.
  • Use quantitative reasoning (e.g., statistics) to analyze and interpret scientific data, and to formulate appropriate conclusions.
  • Discuss and communicate biological concepts, research results, and their importance to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills that can be applied to both technical and general purposes.
  • Evaluate the validity of claims from an evidence-based perspective by reviewing, synthesizing and critiquing scientific literature.

Career Potential

You may find yourself in an exciting career as:

  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical scientist
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Forester and land manager
  • Health care professional (nurse, physician, physical therapist)
  • Water ecologist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis, so decisions may occur prior to the deadlines. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biological Sciences 
  • Cellular Biology
  • Genetics 
  • General Ecology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

All admissions applications are individually reviewed. Decisions are based on criteria such as academic performance in the classroom, class rank, extracurricular activities, personal statements and recommendations. Application materials include the following:

  • The Common Application or the SUNY Application
  • Official transcript or results from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). If you have prior military service, Discharge papers.
  • SUNY Supplemental Form (if you submitted the SUNY Application)
  • Personal statement or essay (at least 250 words)
  • At lease one recommendation from a teacher or college counselor using the Teacher/Counselor Evaluation Form.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7070 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cortland

  • 874 - 1910 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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