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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.

Who We Are

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. 

(From left to right: Henry Truong, JJ Miranda, Paul Hertz, Alison Pischedda, John Glendinning, Jessica Goldstein, Basil Perkins, Abby Ryckman, Jen Mansfield, Melissa Flores, Jon Snow, Elizabeth Bauer, James Casey, Hilary Callahan, and Nick Gershberg. Not pictured: Phil Ammirato, Diana Heller, Brian Morton, Colin Flanagan, Nicole Rondeau, Louise Urien, and Niki Williams)

Curriculum & Courses

Learn more about our course offerings for the upcoming academic year! We hosted program planning events Jul 21st – 24th to answer student questions. Email the department administrator, Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the recording(s) if you missed us! 

Launch Week

Prospective Majors Meeting

Tuesday, July 21st | 3 pm EST

Email Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the Zoom details. 

Majors Program Planning Meeting

Wednesday, July 22nd | 4 pm EST

Email Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the Zoom details. 

 

Majors' Program Planning: General Q&A and Fulfilling Requirements

Thursday, July 23rd | 3 pm EST

Email Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the Zoom details. 

Majors' Program Planning: General Q&A

Friday, July 24th | 3 pm EST

Email Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the Zoom details. 

Undergraduate Research

The culmination of a year-long research project by students enrolled in Guided Research & Seminar and Senior Thesis Research, this year's Symposium will showcase the work of 20 students presenting their findings across biological disciplines. On Zoom, seniors will give 15-minute thesis presentations in the morning, followed by Guided Research students presenting posters in a virtual session in the afternoon. On Wednesday, May 6th, the program containing all Zoom links will be live at the link below. 

Undergraduate Research

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.