Degree Level:
Undergraduate
school:
Division of Natural Sciences
Learning Mode:
On Campus
Degree:
Major, Minor

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Biology is the study of living systems and how they work. By evaluating everything from animals to plants to people, Biology majors are able to show us how the world works and what we can do to help it thrive. They then use that knowledge as health care professionals, environmental or forensic scientists, researchers, and more to protect and preserve the world and living things.

Why be a Biology major?

Here’s what makes the Mount’s Biology major unique:

Student holding a crab

  • Achieving your goals: Whether you want to teach, enter a professional program like medicine or veterinary science, or dive right into the field, we’ll give you the biological essentials for success so you’re prepared for wherever your degree takes you.
  • Research opportunities: From paid one-on-one research with a professor to showcasing that research at regional and even international science conferences, Biology majors have plenty of opportunities to present and contribute to the field, beginning in freshman year.
  • Family atmosphere: Our small class sizes and cohort model of scientific learning means you won’t just be colleagues with your professors and classmates: you’ll be family. You’ll even have a “science sibling,” an upperclassman student assigned to mentor you throughout your first year.

“I think the best thing about studying biology at the Mount is the relationships you can forge with your professors, which really isn’t possible at a big school. You can pick their brain about things, do research with them, and they can guide you on a career path. Plus, they help with grad school applications, letters of recommendation, job applications. The professors really take an active role in your life.”

Christopher McCurry '20
Christopher McCurry '20

What to expect as a Biology major at the Mount

35-36 credits in Biology | 32 credits in related sciences and math | Maintain 2.0+ GPA

Learn about Biology major academic requirements and courses here.

What does a typical day look like for a Mount Biology student? Anything but typical! You might be wading in the Hudson River, helping the Department of Environmental Conservation collect and study eel populations. Maybe you’ll be spending winter break in New Zealand participating in conversation efforts or meeting with your advisor for help with grad school applications. You might be volunteering to teach local families fun science experiments for Family Science Night.

Back in the classroom, you’ll start out in a Biological Principles course aimed at preparing you for scientific study, focusing on lab orientation, writing lab reports, and working as a team. The rest of your biological courses will introduce you to areas of scientific study, including microbiology, ecology, and genetics. Within courses and through other opportunities over breaks, you’ll be encouraged to participate in research and practice presenting that material to others through symposiums and conferences.

You’ll conclude your time in the major with a seminar course broken out over three semesters to prepare you for different aspects of scientific work in the real world. As a Biology major, your coursework is strategically scheduled to allow more time and flexibility in your senior year for applications or entrance exams for graduate or professional school. 

Student and professor working in lab

Be prepared for your future

Biology majors are needed everywhere! From public health and teaching to clinics and pharmacy, biologists are needed to help organizations research and make decisions about their impact on life and the world. 

In addition to the traditional careers in medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry, many health professional specialists were Biology majors. Optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, medical technology, cytotechnology, and physical therapy all have Biology as their foundation.

Outside of the health professions, there are many varied careers that include zookeepers, museum curators, science writers, agricultural specialists, environmental consultants, genetics counselors, nutritionists, and forensic specialists to name just a few.

Here’s how some of our Biology alumni are using their degrees:

  • Elorde Tuliao ’09, 5th grade science teacher for KIPP Public Charter Schools / KIPP Comienza Community Prep
  • Joseph Henain ’14, Emory University Hospital - Vascular and Interventional Radiology 
  • Jacqueline Copeland ’17, Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology PhD candidate at Cornell University
  • Tom Hofbauer ’19, Research Technician at Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Suparna Bhalla

Associate Professor of Biology
Contact
Email Address
Suparna.Bhalla@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3128
Location
Aquinas 250H
Office Hours
MWF
8:30-10:00am

Elizabeth Harper

Assistant Professor of Biology
Contact
Office
845-569-3320
Location
Aquinas 250J
Office Hours
MWF
11:15am-12:15pm

Carl Hoegler

Professor of Biology
Contact
Email Address
Carl.Hoegler@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3391
Location
Aquinas 250G
Office Hours
MTW
8-9pm

Evan Merkhofer

Associate Professor of Biology
Contact
Email Address
Evan.Merkhofer@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3369
Location
Aquinas 250J
Office Hours
T
2-4pm
Th
9-11am

James Moran

Associate Professor of Biology
Contact
Email Address
James.Moran@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3133
Location
Aquinas 250F
Office Hours
TR
Noon-2pm

Douglas Robinson

Associate Professor of Biology
Contact
Office
845-569-3648
Location
Aquinas 250I
Office Hours
MWF
10:15am-Noon
Connect

Thomas Sarro

Professor of Biology
Contact
Email Address
Thomas.Sarro@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3132
Location
Aquinas 250C
Office Hours
MWF
8:30-9:00am, 10:15-11:30am, 1:30-2:30pm

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