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The students in the biology program experience personal guidance from faculty, and have the opportunity to conduct research alongside faculty in cell, molecular, and environmental biology. In addition to classroom and lab experience, students also gain working experience through internships and volunteer opportunities in health, environmental, and biotechnology related settings.

The goals of the biology program are to provide pre-professional education and training for students of health sciences, grant access to high quality, laboratory-rich learning environments, and provide an integrated and contemporary knowledge of biology to prepare students for graduate degrees and careers in research and industry.

Program Information 

  • B.S. in biology with options in premedical and pre-health professional training and preparation for graduate studies in the biological sciences
  • B.S. in biology with professional teaching certificate in biology for grades PreK-6 and 7-12
  • B.S. in biology with a concentration in biotechnology, bioinformatics, environmental science
  • B.A. in life sciences with a concentration in environmental sciences

Faculty in the NU biology department have research backgrounds that span the fields of cancer biology, physiology, molecular genetics, microbiology/immunology and environmental biology. Students perform research under the supervision of faculty members with the opportunity to complete an honors thesis, or additionally to publish their research in scientific journals.

Qualified pre-professional students seeking entry to medical school have the opportunity to apply for the University at Buffalo Medical School's Equal Opportunities in Medicine program. In addition, the department has relationships with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, University at Buffalo Dental School and the School of Pharmacy for 3+4 programs.

Lab-based Learning

The biology curriculum strongly emphasizes hands-on learning, and incorporates lecture and laboratory formats into all levels of the program. Freshman and sophomores gain foundational knowledge and skills from courses in general biology, anatomy and physiology, ecology, and microbiology.

As students advance, they will have access to upper-level courses including pathophysiology, bioanalytical techniques, and comparative physiology. Students may elect to add minors in public health, environmental studies, environmental science, or natural sciences.

Experiential Learning

Biology majors can intern in medical or environmental positions; gain experience at local hospitals; work with faculty on independent research projects; or study field ecology at study sites in the U.S. and the Caribbean.


Niagara faculty and distinguished alumni, through their considerable experience, assist biology students in their preparation for medical, dental, graduate, and other professional schooling.


Studies are focused in the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences, a state-of-the-art, integrated science facility. The 50,000-square-foot center houses 18 laboratories, and dedicated areas for teaching, tissue culture, microscopy, microarray analysis, and more.


"I was given invaluable opportunities to dive deeper into my education, learn interpersonal skills, improve my writing ability, and set myself apart from peers when applying to graduate school."

Janelle Fancher '19 PA-S

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Pre-Health Profession

These are exciting and challenging times for you to become a healthcare professional. Niagara University offers a pre-health professions advisement program designed to help you make the best decision you can about your future in healthcare.

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