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Research and study in the biological sciences is one of the most exciting fields in all of the life sciences. It is the foundational discipline for careers in molecular biology, pharmacology, medicine and dentistry (as well as other health and life science careers), plant science and agriculture, biomedical engineer, ecologist and environmental scientist, zoologist, geographer, aquatic or marine biologist, or even a librarian. [See: What Cn You Do with a Biology Degree? and from the U.S. Department of Labor: Biochemists and Biophysicists, Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (many related careers options listed here), Medical ScientistsMicrobiologists,  Occupational Employment Statistics--Biological Scientist, All Other).

See the SUNY University at Buffalo's commitments to undergraduate and graduate studies from the Biological Sciences Department (109 Cooke Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260; (716) 645-2363,,

Biological sciences are learning and research opportunities for the study of all living things from biomacromolecules (eg., proteins and nucleic acids, and their constituent units and subunits) to study of whole organisms (from viruses to giant blue whales) and their interactions in a wide variety of ecosystems and niches from the vast oceans to the digestive or circulatory systems of the tiniest organisms.

The ThoughtCo is a rather comprehensive resource for studying biology and can be used as a reference source for background materials, resources, explanations, etc. It is NOT a substitute for your lecture notes and text books, but a rather convenient surrogate resource for expanding your knowledge on things biological.

Another very good resource, especially for students taking BIO 200 and other classes in evolutionary biology, is the University of California Museum of Paleontology, which is a treasure trove of resources for investigating and promoting a greater understanding of the history and evolution of life and the diversity of the Earth's biota through research and education.



Getting Started

This guide provides resources for conducting research in the biological sciences. It is your library research work space. Use the tabs above to link to article databases, books, encyclopedias, handbooks, research protocols, lab methods, and other types of information related to research in your field.

Please contact me for individual consultation, group instruction, library purchase recommendations, and suggestions for this guide.

Image Credits: D. pulex. Photo by Paul Hebert, Used under CC BY 2.5 License via Wikimedia Commons; Computer DNA Molecule, National Cancer Institute, Public Domain

Biological Sciences Librarian

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Fred Stoss
105 Lockwood Memorial Library
(716) 645-1337