At our annual honey extraction in the fall, Professor Jon Snow guides fellow colleagues and students through the process of extracting honey from his hives atop Barnard Hall. Using a hot, copper uncapping knife, he first removes the wax caps of the cells on each hive frame where bees have stored the ripened honey. Frames are then placed in a honey extractor, which is spun in order to remove the honey by centrifugal force. Every year, majors join the faculty and staff to extract then enjoy the delicious honey, pairing it with their favorite tea, cheese, or sourdough loaf.
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Planning to declare a major in biology? In our department, students choose their own major adviser by contacting them ahead of declaring their 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!
Want to know what courses we're offering this year? Click on the link below to see our fall and spring courses!
We're hiring TAs for Spring 2022!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Get to know some of the familiar faces around Altschul in this interview with Olivia Anastasio, Lena Kogan, Nicole Rondeau, and Abby Ryckman.
Every semester, the department gathers for a short break from all of their hard work for coffee and pastries. In the spring, we toasted our graduating seniors and welcomed our newly declared sophomore majors to the Barnard Biology family on the Diana Center green roof.
Twenty years ago, Barnard’s Arthur Ross Greenhouse was dedicated as a state-of-the-art plant growth facility for the Department of Biological Sciences. Built on the roof of Milbank Hall, it replaced the original greenhouse constructed in 1928 as a laboratory for Professor of Botany Edmund W. Sinnott, who taught at Barnard from 1928 to 1940 and performed studies on the developmental genetics of squash. Today, the 3,400 square foot greenhouse is open to the Barnard and Columbia communities and houses a conservatory, which is home to the collection that both faculty and students use for teaching and research.