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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

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. 

BIOL BC2841

We urge all members of the Barnard community, Biology-affiliated and non, to participate in the Botany Soup Project! Connected to BIOL BC2841 Lab in Plant Evolution & Diversity, the Botany Soup Project was devised in the midst of the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus as a way of bringing our communities together. In order to go straight to the essence of soup—health, healing, and botany—we invite all members of the Barnard and Columbia communities to contribute by sharing a soup recipe online.

The project is a twist on the traditional "stone soup" story that many will remember from childhood, popularized in the United States in a children's book by Marcia Brown. In this traditional story, the community comes together upon the arrival of new visitors. The visitors introduce the idea of preparing a cooperative soup, suggesting a central non-edible ingredient—a stone, a button, or a nail. This gimmick confounds and motivates the community to unite to create and share an amazingly nourishing and congenial meal.

Click on the button below to learn more or to submit a recipe of your own! 

Upcoming Departmental Events

Program Planning

Friday, April 17th | 12:00 pm

Email Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the Zoom details. Visit our Course Listings for more information.

Majors' Toast

Friday, May 1st | 11:00 am

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

Annual Research Symposium

Wednesday, May 6th | 9:30 am

More details to follow. 

Upcoming Wellness Events

Departmental Yoga

Friday, April 3rd | 3 pm 

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

Departmental Meditation 

Tuesday, April 7th | 10:30 am 

and Friday, April 10th | 11:00 am

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

 

Afternoon Tea & Check-In

Monday, April 20th | 4:30 pm

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

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, last 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.