Major in Biology!

The Biology program at New Paltz offers students excellent preparation for graduate school, for a career in industry, and for medical school or one of the allied health fields. We offer unparalleled faculty-mentored research opportunities and five different major tracks: cellular and molecular biology; organismal and environmental biology; a general BA track in biology; as well as childhood education/biology and secondary education/biology. Our modern, research-quality instrumentation enables students to pursue every interest from molecular signaling and environmental conservation to neurophysiology and animal behavior. Recent New Paltz biology grads have gone on to attend some of the top graduate and post-doctoral institutions in the country, as well as obtain positions in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and university research, as well as teaching throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island.


Contact Information

Coykendall Science Building, Room 106
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443

Phone: (845) 257-3770
Fax: (845) 257-3791

Biology News

Last summer, the Department of Biology initiated the development of the Mid-Hudson Valley Environmental Education Center. The focus of this project is to develop and make available high-quality educational resources for New Paltz students and faculty, local educators, and the public. The first phase of development consists of curating and digitally cataloging our substantial biological specimen collection. This collection, which consists of thousands of plant and animal specimens native to the Mid-Hudson Valley region, has been assembled over the past half century by SUNY New Paltz Biology faculty and students, most notably Professor Emeritus Heinz Meng.

As this project moves forward and collection development proceeds, selected specimens will be incorporated into new educational displays throughout the Coykendall Science Building.

Keep an eye out for new displays over the next few semesters featuring these fascinating specimens!