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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 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.

Interested in professional schools?

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

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:

  1. An understanding of the philosophy behind the scientific method as well as the function and use of hypotheses, observations, experimental controls, and data analysis.
  2. The ability to write, critically read and discuss scientific literature.
  3. An understanding of the diversity of life that exists on this planet, its classification and general evolutionary path.
  4. An understanding of basic biological chemistry.
  5. An understanding of cells, including subcellular structure, function and biochemistry.
  6. An understanding of basic Mendelian and molecular genetics.
  7. broad understanding of the developmental, physiological and morphological adaptations of living things, their similarities and differences, and why these adaptations are thought to occur.
  8. A basic understanding of the ecological principles that govern the interaction between living things and their physical environment as well as the interactions between various life forms themselves.
  9. An understanding of how science both influences and is at the same time controlled by society.
  10. An appreciation of the impact that humans have had on our planet and the implications and responsibilities of such a continuing influence.
  11. The laboratory and field skills appropriate to the discipline.

Our Next Natural Science Seminar

Upcoming Seminars

Friday, April 29th

Ronald Lowe '16
Elliot Connors '16
Student Research Presentation

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

Click here for the full schedule of Spring 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 Annex, Room 100, 3:30-4:30pm

Friday, February 5th

Emily Van Ness, Baltimore Woods Nature Center
"Internship Opportunities"

Friday, February 12th

Tiffany Meador '16
“Exploring the Diversity of Tardigrades in Onondaga County, NY” 
Gianno Pannafino '16
“Disruption of RNA Polymerase I Complex Integrity in the Craniofacial Disorder Treacher Collins Syndrome”

Friday, February 19th

Daniel Tso, Ph.D., SUNY Upstate Medical University
"Plasticity and the Dynamic Brain: Wiring, Injury, and Re-wiring”

Friday, March 18th

Christelle Johnson, Ph.D., Personalis Inc.
Sarah Sidman, Ph.D., Bristol-Meyers Squibb
Jesse Taylor, Ph.D., Eaton's Crouse Hinds
"Careers in Science Panel Discussion Series -- Careers in Industry"

Friday, April 8th

Michael Snow, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
"Physics with Slow Neutrons"

Tuesday, April 19th, 4-5pm

Russell Tracey, Ph.D., University of Vermont
"Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease"

Friday, April 22nd

Kaitlyn Hill '17
"Reovirus-induced eIF4E Binding Protein 1 (4E-BP1) Hyperphosphorylation and its Implications for Viral Oncolysis"

Julia Wilson '16
Student Research Presentation

Friday, April 29th

Ronald Lowe '16
Elliot Connors '16
Student Research Presentation

Friday, May 6th

Dan Bolster '16
Anna Valentine '16
Student Research Presentation

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 Sciences
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4423