Biology at Fisher

Why Study Biology at St. John Fisher College?

If you don't want to be just another number in a large, impersonal lecture hall taking undergraduate biology classes, Fisher has the right biology program for you.

Classes and labs are small, even at the introductory level. They are also full of valuable "hands-on" learning to keep you engaged with the material. And if you are interested in research, you'll want to check out our information on biology research opportunities.

What Do Biology Majors Study?

As a biology major, you'll work closely with our outstanding faculty to analyze the world from a "biological perspective" on multiple levels: molecular, genetic, cellular, organismal, and ecological.

You'll have the opportunity to study all areas of biology and life, including:

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms
  • Structure and function of living things
  • Evolution and development in animals
  • Plants and plant processes
  • Microorganisms

Tools for Learning

Throughout your biology coursework, you will gain individual "hands-on" experience with modern laboratory and field instruments and techniques, including the following:

  • Light microscopy
  • Enzymatic manipulation of DNA
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Protein and nucleic acid gel electrophoresis
  • Anatomical dissection
  • Viral and bacterial culture
  • Cell and tissue cultures

View a 360° panorama of a typical biology lab

What Can I Do With a Biology Degree?

The program of required and elective courses in biology has been designed to prepare you for a variety of career and post-graduate options. Our biology faculty are committed to assisting you in finding where your career interests may lie and in attaining your career goals.

Alumni of the biology program have gone on for further study in the biological sciences and for distinguished careers in:

  • Medical professions
  • Secondary and college teaching
  • Research
  • Conservation
  • Public health
  • And many other fields

Next Steps

If this sounds like the right biology program for you, apply to Fisher now or contact the department chair for more information!

Professor Greg Cunningham conducting research on penguins

Latest Biology News


King Penguins Focus of December First Friday Lecture

King Penguins Focus of December First Friday Lecture


What is it like to spend a month among a colony of King Penguins in the Antarctic? Find out during the December First Friday Lecture, featuring Dr. Gregory Cunningham, associate professor of biology at St. John Fisher College. During the lecture, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, Cunningham will discuss a research study that explored the olfactory senses of King Penguins. Read More


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