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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)

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.

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 showcased the work of 23 students presenting their findings across biological disciplines. Seniors gave 15-minute thesis presentations in the morning, followed by Guided Research students presenting posters in the afternoon.