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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

The Biology Department faculty and staff offer students a rigorous biological education across many specializations in a supportive environment. We help students develop scientific literacy through lecture and laboratory courses and well-rounded research experiences. Our department supports faculty and student research, providing students with the opportunity to synthesize co-authored, peer-reviewed scientific publications.

When a student chooses to pursue the biology major, they are assigned an advisor based on departmental availability and may request an advisor of their choice.

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 DEI Working Group

The Barnard Biology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group (DEIWG) is a coalition of students, alumni, faculty, and staff dedicated to advancing inclusivity within our department. This group meets regularly to develop strategies to support students from historically marginalized backgrounds in their academic pursuits.


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.