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Department of Biology

Student Research

Camille Holmes ’19 comes from a long line of strong women. Her grandmother was a pioneer, blazing the way for other women in the field of science. Now she's leading the way herself by conducting Presidential Scholars Research on Red Breasted Quail in Stowell Hall, while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA... read more.

To Belize and Back

Eight biology students recently joined Dr. Glenn Johnson for a 14-day “Tropical Ecology and Conservation” travel course to Belize where they got to explore a variety of eco-systems and interact with wildlife ranging from baby sea turtles to snakes... learn more.

Dr. William Romey
Whirligigs and the Study of Animal Behavior

Ever since stepping foot on campus 17 years ago, SUNY Potsdam Professor Dr. William Romey has dedicated his time to researching tiny whirligig beetles and how their movement can inform the behavior of animals as large as the wildebeests of Africa... read more.

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta)

The Biology Honor Society made healing stones for the Counseling Center to give to students struggling near the end of the semester. They have positive words and inspirational quotes such as "strength", "perseverance", and "this too shall pass...learn more about TriBeta.

Tower Gardens Constructed at the WISER Greenhouse

Five Tower Gardens were constructed in SUNY Potsdam's WISER Greenhouse, giving our biology students the opportunity to utilize a unique aeroponic growing system. The Watertown Daily Times wrote an article about the project... read more

Biology Professor and Alumni Capture Spruce Grouse in Canada

To improve population numbers and genetic diversity of spruce grouse, SUNY Potsdam Biology Professor Glenn Johnson and alumni spent two weeks in Canada capturing and relocating the birds to the Adirondacks... read more

Looking for the Varroa Mite in Beehives
Looking for the Varroa Mite in Beehives

Experiential learning is the at the heart of a SUNY Potsdam education and that is no more clearly expressed than when four students ventured out to inspect local honey bee hives as they were looking for the presence of the Varroa Mite... learn more.

Student Research

Camille Holmes ’19 comes from a long line of strong women. Her grandmother was a pioneer, blazing the way for other women in the field of science. Now she's leading the way herself by conducting Presidential Scholars Research on Red Breasted Quail in Stowell Hall, while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA... read more.

Biology at SUNY Potsdam is founded on the principle of providing a quality undergraduate education for students with diverse interests.

A broad general background in biology, as part of a liberal arts education, allows students to pursue a variety of careers or continue learning at the graduate level. The Department of Biology offers both Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees.

Undergraduate Research

The Department of Biology is always providing new course offerings and research projects. Faculty members' interests include a wide range of subjects in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, cell and molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology? all of which are reflected in the program.

Thinking about PreMed?

We have tailored the Bachelor of Science in Biology program to be one of the best preparations for medical school. Just ask your advisor to help you choose the right combination of classes to help you succeed on your MCATs and at a competitive graduate school.

“I’ve definitely loved the small community at SUNY Potsdam. It’s really great because every professor that I’ve had knows my name and knows my story and knows me—it’s kind of amazing!"

Camille Holmes ’19