Professor Rob Olberg’s research is published in Nature Magazine, January 15, 2015. His research is displayed on the cover of this magazine. Primates and other vertebrates use internal models to control and predict the consequences of their movements, but invertebrates...Read More
In 1997 Barbara Danowski won 1st place in a photomicrography competition. The subject matter was moouse fibroblasts shown at 160 times. Using the fluorescence technique: Fluorescence imaging uses high intensity illumination to excite fluorescent molecules in the sample. When a...Read More
The dragonfly is a formidable aerial predator, intercepting small insects in flight with remarkable speed and accuracy. Professor Rob Olberg works with his students to unravel the neural basis for this behavior. Employing research techniques such as high speed video capture,...Read More
Union College’s Biology offers a diverse curriculum that covers the full range of knowledge and practice, develops students’ passion for science and the natural world, and prepares our graduates for future study – whatever the career goal.
The Biology Department is committed to broad coverage of the many fields that encompass biology. Our curriculum is designed to expose our students to a wide range of sub-disciplines within the biological sciences, while still allowing them the flexibility to go deeply into an area of interest. A primary goal of this curriculum is to help our students learn skills that will enable them to be good scientists or science-literate individuals. Central to achieving this goal is the ability to think critically and communicate clearly. We want our students to be able to design and carry out experiments effectively, in the lab or in the field, and analyze the results of their experiments quantitatively. Our students should be able to present their findings in clear written form, to use graphics effectively, and to present their work orally. In addition, we want our students to have the ability to read and evaluate the scientific literature critically. The diverse course offerings and their accompanying labs, and the distribution of those courses within our curriculum have been designed with these goals in mind.