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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Biology

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.) Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Outlook

The range of careers pursued after completion of the baccalaureate program is almost limitless: medicine (including physical and occupational therapy, physician, physician assistant, medical laboratory technician, radiologist), teacher, professor, researcher, statistician, agronomist, nutritionist, aquatic biologist, and geologist are some examples.

The Program

This program is designed to provide students with a strong science foundation for transfer to and to successfully compete in a four-year institution. Laboratory experiences enhance course work.

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

Honors Courses: In addition, the College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students enrolled in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

The Experience

Creative thinking and problem solving are coupled with appropriate models, preserved specimen, and technical equipment to provide an excellent environment for learning. Our biology laboratory is equipped with presentation equipment and computers for student use. An additional science classroom has Pentium computers for student use in group learning, and new equipment for DNA analysis, electrophoresis, and electrocardiograms provides our students with specialized skills.

The Graduates

Graduates successfully transfer to such four-year institutions as the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, Buffalo, and Geneseo, in addition to Keuka and St. John Fisher Colleges.*

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. Details can be found at

The Faculty

Faculty in the biology are accomplished master and PhD biologists with specialties in a wide range of areas including gene therapy, DNA analysis, pharmacology, microbiology, protein chemistry, zoology, toxicology, and ecology. The faculty include Chancellor Award winners, former research scientists, and active researchers.

The faculty bring a hands on approach to learning and engage students in active research early in their academic career. Students have been involved in studying the sex of migratory red-tail hawks and perform DNA analysis in the labs as well as hours in the field collecting samples. Additionally, students are studying the affect of volcanic activity on the Island of Montserrat in the Caribbean. The research focuses on the molecular indicators of stress in corals and the use of biomarkers for the early detection of symbiotic breakdown. Students regularly travel with the biologists to Montserrat to participate in the research. The college is proud to note that one of its graduates received the prestigious $20,000 Barry Goldwater Scholarship because of the research work she participated in at FLCC.