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Biology at Barnard

The mission of the Biology major is to provide students with a broad education in biology. To this end, students are offered a range of lecture courses that span the molecular, physiological, and ecological levels of organization. Students also complete laboratory courses that help them learn how to design and test hypotheses, use cutting edge equipment, and interpret data.

Meet Our Faculty!

Planning to declare a major in biology? As of spring 2022, in our department, students are assigned a major advisor but may suggest one on Slate if they are accepting advisees. The Associate Chair approves major declarations and will assign an advisor using Slate.

The Biology Department faculty and staff aim to provide students with a rigorous biological education in a supportive environment across the many areas of biology in which we specialize. We aim to help students develop scientific literacy through our lecture and laboratory courses as well as through well-rounded research experiences. By supporting faculty and student research, our department provides students with the opportunity to synthesize co-authored, peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Navigating the Major

Need help planning out your Biology major? Whether you want to pursue a General Biology major or specialize in one of our four tracks, the resources below will help guide you!

Departmental Listserv

Want to join our listserv to stay up-to-date with departmental news and events? Email the Department Administrator with your class year and request to join our email list today! 

Curriculum & Courses

Course Offerings

Want to know what courses we're offering? Click on the link below!

Undergraduate Research

Research in New York City

We strongly encourage students to get involved in research during the summer, academic year, or both. For many students, research is one of the most intellectually rewarding experiences at Barnard. In the summer, many students participate in the Summer Research Institute (SRI) and receive a stipend for their work, while during the academic year, they receive credit for their work.

Biology Anti-Racism Working Group

The Barnard Biology Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) is a coalition of students, faculty, and staff that meets regularly to discuss issues of racism and inequity in science education and strategizes ways to address them. Our goal is to promote racial equity and justice in our department and in STEM fields.


Seminar & Coffee Hour Speaker Series

Created in the fall of 2020 and sponsored by the department's Anti-Racism Working Group, this Seminar & Coffee Hour Speaker Series hosted by the Barnard College Department of Biological Sciences aims to highlight and uplift the voices of BIPOC and other underrepresented STEM professionals. Our goal is to have distinguished scientists with diverse backgrounds and interests talk about their research as a way of inspiring our students to think broadly about their own futures.

Undergraduate Research

Symposium 2022

The culmination of a yearlong research project by students enrolled in Guided Research & Seminar and Senior Thesis Research, this year's Symposium will showcase the work of 29 students presenting their findings across biological disciplines on Tuesday, May 3rd in the Diana Center Event Oval. Seniors will give 15-minute thesis presentations, followed by Guided Research students presenting lightning talks and posters. The program containing the Zoom link and a how-to-use Zoom guide are available at the link below for those joining virtually.