In the College of Arts and Sciences .
Biology is a popular subject at many universities for a variety of reasons: it is a science that is in an exciting phase of development; it prepares students for careers in challenging and appealing fields such as human and veterinary medicine, environmental sciences, and biotechnology; and it deals with the inherently interesting questions that arise when we try to understand ourselves and the living world around us. Many of the decisions we face today deal with the opportunities and problems that biology has put before us.
The major in biological sciences is available to students enrolled in either the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the College of Arts and Sciences. Students work with faculty, staff, and student advisors in selecting their concentration and in choosing the course options that each offers. The Office of Undergraduate Biology (OUB) in 216 Stimson Hall oversees advising for biology majors and also coordinates the extensive undergraduate biology research program, including the biology research honors program, and the Biology Scholars Program.
The biology major is designed to enable students to acquire the foundations in physical and life sciences necessary to understand modern biology and to pursue advanced studies in a specific area of biology. Concentrations include either general biology or one of the following concentrations: animal physiology, biochemistry, computational biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics and development, human nutrition, insect biology, marine biology, molecular and cell biology, microbiology, neurobiology and behavior, plant biology, and systematics and biotic diversity. Students interested in the marine sciences should consult the Shoals Marine Laboratory office, 106A Kennedy Hall, (607) 255-3717, for academic advising.
For more details about the biological sciences major, minor and courses, please refer to the Biological Sciences section of this catalog or visit biology.cornell.edu.