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Department of Environmental Biology
An EB Degree as a Pathway to Health Professions

Many students enroll in an EFB degree program with the ultimate goal of a career in medicine, veterinary science, or other health professions. EFB majors such as Environmental Biology or Biotechnology provide pathways that support admission to professional schools in health-related areas, including human and veterinary medicine. A rigorous foundation in the basic biological sciences, calculus, physics and organic chemistry is provided by the core requirements of these majors. Potential electives include certain benchmark courses that admissions committees of professional schools frequently look for, such as comparative vertebrate anatomy and animal physiology. Pre-veterinary students will find strong supporting courses and faculty interest in vertebrate biology, and pre-medical students can pursue such relevant elective subjects as microbiology and environmental toxicology.

In addition, our students take advantage of Syracuse University’s broad array of relevant courses and the fine advising, counseling and resources of their Health Professions Advisory Program. Students can earn credit for a variety of internships, such as paid or volunteer work in clinics and other professional settings.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Lee Newman; Dr. Christopher Whipps

Course suggestions: In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a BS in Environmental Biology, students should  have passed two semesters each of organic chemistry, calculus and physics. These courses are part of the core requirements in Biotechnology.  Further, students should distribute at least 19 of their upper division elective credit-hours in the manner described below.

Essential courses

  • EFB 303 - Introductory Environmental Microbiology (4 cr) Fall
  • EFB 385 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4 cr) Spring
  • EFB 462 - Animal Physiology: Ecological & Environmental (3 cr) Fall

Suggested Electives

The following elective courses are available at ESF or Syracuse University. Students should  take at least four courses from this list, the particular courses to be determined in consultation with the advisor.  (POI = permission of instructor)

Course #

Course Title




BTC 401 Molecular Biology Techniques 4 EFB307/308, EFB325  
EFB 360 Epidemiology 3 General Biology  
EFB 400 Toxic Health Hazards 3 General Biology  
EFB 420 Internship in EFB 3-5    
EFB 440 Mycology 3 - Fall
EFB 480 Principles of Animal Behavior 4 - Spring
FCH 530 Biochemistry I 3 2 sem organic chemistry Fall
FCH 532 Biochemistry II 3 2 sem organic chemistry Spring
ANT 431 Human Variation 3 - yearly
ANT 432 Disease and Human Evolution 3 General Biology yearly
ANT 433 Human Skeletal Anatomy 3 POI yearly
ANT 455 Culture and AIDS 3 - -
ANT 465 Medical Anthropology 3 POI even
ANT 467 Culture and Mental Disorders 3 POI even
BIO 462 Functional Animal Ecology 3 Animal Physiology yearly
BIO 447 Immunology 3 Cell Biology, Genetics yearly
BIO 501 Biology of Cancer 3 Cell Biology, 1 sem Organic Chemistry yearly
BIO 503 Developmental Biology 3 - Even
BIO 518 Endocrinology 3 Cell Biology, 1 sem Organic Chemistry yearly
PSY 315 Drugs and Human Behavior 3 - yearly
PSY 321 Introduction to Sensation and Perception 3 - on demand
PSY 322 Human Information Processing 3 - yearly
PSY 323 Brain and Behavior 3 Biopsychology or equiv, POI yearly
PSY 324 Developmental Biopsychology 3 - yearly
PSY 331 Laboratory in Sensation and Perception 2 Research methodology on demand
PSY 332 Laboratory in Human Information Processing 2 Behavior, POI yearly
PSY 333 Laboratory in Brain and Behavior 2 Biopsychology or equiv, POI yearly
PSY 334 Laboratory in Developmental Biopsychology 2 - yearly
PSY 422 Cognition of Left/Right Brain Function 3 Biopsychology or equiv, POI yearly
PSY 423 Cognition of Left/Right Brain Function Laboratory 2 Biopsychology or equiv, POI yearly
PSY 426 Cognitive Neurochemistry 3 Biopsychology or equiv, POI irregular
REL 551 Ethics and the Health Professions 3 - yearly
BEN 305 Engineering Analysis of Living Systems I 4 Gen Biol, Gen Chem, Calc, Gen Phys yearly
BEN 306 Engineering Analysis of Living Systems II 4 BEN 305 yearly
BEN 310 Bioenergetics and Transport Phenomena 4 Gen Phys, Calc irregular
BEN 465 Skeletomuscular Biomechanics 3 BEN 305, Calc, POI yearly