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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)

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! 

Meet Our Faculty!

Planning to declare a major in biology? In our department, students choose their own major adviser by contacting them ahead of declaring their major.

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!

Curriculum & Courses

AY21–22 Course Offerings

Want to know what courses we're offering this year? Click on the link below to see our fall and spring courses!

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.

Research Corner

Summer of Research: Meet Our Summer 2021 Biology Mini Grant Recipients!

Each year, our department funds innovative summer research projects thanks to the Donald and Nancy Ritchie, Edna Henry Bennett, Maura Shannon Barrett, and Herbert Maule Richards grants. Visit our research corner to meet this year's recipients of these grants and their summer projects: Hannah Prensky, Tamima Sultana, Isabella Villa Real Seabra, and Vivian Zhao. This summer, they will write three blog posts to update us on how their summer research is going.

Alums in the Spotlight: Sophia Liu and Alice Sardarian

This week, we are spotlighting two of our biology alums: Sophia Liu and Alice Sardarian! We discuss a new publication, research at Barnard, and where they're at now.

Opportunities

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.

Student Employment

We're hiring TAs for Fall 2021!

Spring Events

Dr. Kristin Hook

Seminar & Coffee Hour Speaker Series: Dr. Kristin Hook

Post-copulatory Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Reproductive Traits

Seminar Watch Party: Tuesday, February 2nd | 12:00 pm EST

Coffee Hour: Friday, February 5th | 11:00 am EST

Email Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the seminar recording!

Program Planning

Tuesday, March 9th | 10:30 am EST

 

Email Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the video recording!

 

Dr. Juliet Girard

Seminar & Coffee Hour Speaker Series: Dr. Juliet Girard

Genetic Control of Blood Cell Development in Fruit Flies

Seminar Watch Party: Tuesday, March 23rd | 12:00 pm EST

Coffee Hour: Friday, March 26th | 12:00 pm EST

Email Melissa Flores (mflores@barnard.edu) for the seminar recording!

Undergraduate Research

Symposium 2021

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 17 students presenting their findings across biological disciplines on Monday, April 19th. On Zoom, seniors will give 15-minute thesis presentations, followed by Guided Research students presenting posters in a virtual session. The program containing the Zoom link and a how-to-use Zoom guide are available at the link below.

Annual Majors' Toast

Graduating this year? Just declared a major in biology? Join us on Tuesday, April 6th at 1 pm EDT for our Annual Majors' Toast! Meet fellow majors, faculty, and staff at our annual toast. All members of our community, from declared to prospective majors, are strongly encouraged to join us for this special event!

COVID-19 Wastewater Testing: Keeping Barnard Safe
Man in mask and surgical gloves holding jug of wastewater sample in building basement

Meet the Lab Techs in Altschul!

Get to know some of the familiar faces around Altschul in this interview with Olivia Anastasio, Lena Kogan, Nicole Rondeau, and Abby Ryckman.