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    Biological Sciences

    Discover the Biological Sciences at Le Moyne College!

    A bachelor’s degree in Biology from Le Moyne College provides the opportunity to pursue any number of career paths built on the understanding of life and its interactions with the environment. Our program continues to successfully prepare students for careers in the health professions, field and laboratory research, as well as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. Our curriculum offers a comprehensive list of both traditional as well as one-of-a-kind courses, all of which promote critical thinking and scientific inquiry.

    Students within the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences have the opportunity to travel abroad by enrolling in departmental travel courses, conduct original research with a faculty mentor, and present their work at regional and national conferences. At Le Moyne, both students and faculty benefit from the close interaction afforded by the relatively small class sizes.

    Courses and Requirements for Biological Sciences

    If you would like to learn more about the courses offered within the biological sciences curriculum, please visit the Le Moyne College catalog. Alternatively, you may also visit faculty pages to see the courses taught by each instructor.

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    The Health Professions Advisory Committee helps you get there.

    Meet the Faculty

    Dr. Beth Mitchell

    Dr. Beth Mitchell

    Professor & Chair View Bio
    Dr. Beth Pritts

    Dr. Beth Pritts

    Associate Professor View Bio
    Dr. Sherilyn Smith

    Dr. Sherilyn Smith

    Associate Professor View Bio

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is to provide majors with a broad scientific background to make them competitive for advanced degree programs and professions in a variety of biological or environmental fields. In providing course offerings that span the level of organization from the cell to the ecosystem, we strive to give our graduates the tools to meet the challenges of today’s human health and environmental issues. Throughout the educational process, the department emphasizes the importance of clear, effective, and factual communication, and the students’ roles in the future enhancement of scientific knowledge.

    Students who major in something other than the natural sciences will learn the scientific process, and the excitement that can come from answering a previously unanswered question. Specifically, we seek to use biology and environmental science as examples of how science can provide answers to a variety of questions with implications for present and future environmental, medical, physical, and social issues.

    Learning Goals for Biological Sciences

    We believe that all students who graduate with a degree in biological sciences, regardless of their specialization, should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

    Goal 1. An ability to use the scientific method and exhibit scientific communication skills.

    • Demonstrate use of the scientific method as well as the function and use of hypotheses, observations, experimental controls, and data analysis.
    • Search, critically read, and interpret the scientific literature.
    • Demonstrate scientific writing skills.
    • Develop laboratory and field skills appropriate to the discipline.
    Goal 2. An understanding of cells, organisms, and ecosystems.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of life that exists on this planet, its classification, and general evolutionary path.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic biological chemistry.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of cells, including subcellular structure, function, and biochemistry.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic Mendelian and molecular genetics.
    • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the developmental, physiological, and morphological adaptations of organisms, their similarities and differences, and why these adaptations are thought to occur.
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the ecological principles that govern the interaction between organisms and their physical environment as well as the interactions between various life forms themselves.
    Goal 3. An understanding of how humans affect and are affected by interactions with other humans, other species, and our shared environment.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how science both influences and is at the same time affected by society.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact that humans have had on our planet and the implications for the future.

    Our Next Natural Science Seminar

    Upcoming Seminars
    Friday, December 2

    Shannon Boehmer, '17, Le Moyne College
    "The Biodiversity of a Costa Rican Rain Forest and the Distribution of Amphibians in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest"
    Caleb Larnerd, '17, Le Moyne College
    "A Voyage Around the World"

    Science Center Addition, Room 100, 3:30-4:30pm

    Click here for the full schedule of Fall 2016 Natural Science seminars.

    Natural Science Seminar Series

    Presentations by invited guests and Le Moyne faculty and students

    Join us to learn about the active science research programs at Le Moyne and beyond. Speakers include Le Moyne faculty members and students, as well as researchers and scientists from other colleges and universities and the private sector.

    Sponsored by the natural science departments. For more information, contact Dr. Emily Ledgerwood.
    Seminars are held on Friday afternoons in the Science Center Addition, Room 100, 3:30-4:30pm

    Friday, September 16

    Ronald Calvo, Naturalist and Adventure Tour Guide, Coasts and Mountain Adventures
    "Geological Evolution and Biodiversity of Costa Rica"

    Friday, September 23

    Tim Coles, Ph.D., Project Director and Founder, Operation Wallacea
    “Quantifying Biodiversity in Tropical Rainforests and Reefs- How Can I Help?”

    Friday, October 7

    Faculty Members, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
    "Travel Courses in Biological and Environmental Sciences: Upcoming Experiential Learning Opportunities Around the World”

    Friday, October 14

    Brian Wilson, '17, Le Moyne College
    "In Situ Crystallography: Growing X-Ray Quality Crystals"
    James Gayvert, '17, Le Moyne College
    "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polymer Solutions in an Explicit Solvent"

    Friday, October 21

    L. Jamie Lamit, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Michigan Technological University
    "What's hidden in the bog?: Uncovering microbial diversity in the world's peatlands through high-throughput DNA sequencing"

    Friday, October 28

    Thaddeus Sim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Business Analytics, Le Moyne College
    "Nature Inspired Techniques for Solving Business and Societal Problems"

    Friday, November 4

    Caitlin Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor, Le  Moyne College and Research Scientist, AptaMatrix, Inc
    "Acyclic Identification of Aptamers"

    Friday, November 11

    George V. Coyne, S.J., McDevitt Chair of Physics, Le Moyne College
    "Gravitational Waves and Einstein's Curves"

    Friday, November 18

    Gianno Pannafino, '17, Le Moyne College
    "Making the insoluble soluble: An In solico Guided Solubility Screen for RNA Polymerase I subunit AC40"
    Lee Bauter, '17, Le Moyne College
    "An investigation of double strand breaks caused by drug-induced transcription"

    Friday, December 2

    Shannon Boehmer, '17, Le Moyne College
    "The Biodiversity of a Costa Rican Rain Forest and the Distribution of Amphibians in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest"
    Caleb Larnerd, '17, Le Moyne College
    "A Voyage Around the World"

    Friday, December 9

    Student Research Presentations

    Get Involved on Campus
    The Biology Club

    The Biology Club is an organization whose purposes are to promote student interest and participation in the life sciences and to provide a social venue through which students may explore shared interests and make new acquaintances. The Biology Club sponsors a variety of events and activities throughout the year and helps freshman biology students adjust to college life.

    Beta Beta Beta

    The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society is a society for students, particularly undergraduates. It seeks to encourage scholarly attainment in this field of learning by reserving its active membership for those who achieve superior academic records and who indicate special aptitude for and major interest in the life sciences. It desires to cultivate intellectual interest in the natural sciences and to promote a better appreciation of the value of biological study. It thus welcomes into associate membership other students who are interested in biology.

    Beta Beta Beta also endeavors to extend the boundaries of human knowledge of nature by encouraging new discoveries through scientific investigation and to this end encourages undergraduate students to begin research work and report their findings in the society’s journal, BIOS. It emphasizes, therefore, a three-fold program: stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge and promotion of biological research.

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Department Chair:

    Dr. Beth Mitchell


    (315) 445-4509


    Contact the Department:

    Coyne Science Center 215
    Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    (315) 445-4423


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