Stern students in lab


Dr. Harvey Babich

The Department of Biology at Stern College for Women offers a broad liberal arts education, providing students with an understanding of the biotic world, from molecules and cells through organisms and ecosystems. A wide range of courses cover the fundamentals of modern biology, as well as cutting-edge areas of molecular biology and biomedical research.

Faculty have on-campus research laboratories and involve the undergraduates in their projects. Faculty members publish their research in scientific peer-reviewed journals, frequently listing their undergraduate research interns as co-authors. The quality of science training at Stern College for Women has made our students highly competitive for external summer undergraduate research internships in industry, universities and medical institutions.

Course work and research opportunities develop students analytical and experimental skills, enabling them to continue their study of science at advanced levels of graduate and professional education. Students majoring in biology pursue careers in medicine, dentistry and optometry, as well as in a spectrum of other health-related professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, nutrition and genetic counseling.

Other students continue their graduate education in public health, biotechnology and basic and applied biomedical research.

For an overview of recent student accomplishments in STEM, click here (PDF).

For an annual publication detailing our student and departmental accomplishments in STEM, please view our Women in Science journal.

For further information, please contact Dr. Harvey Babich, .

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biology is for undergraduates majoring in biology to be prepared and to be qualified to pursue advanced studies in the biomedical sciences as related to human health care and/or to pursue employment in various biology-related fields. These milestones will be achieved by providing courses covering a spectrum of sub-disciplines with biology, so as to provide majors in biology with a comprehensive background in the principles of modern biology, with hands-on skills in the usage of laboratory instrumentation, with an understanding of scientific literature and of research methodologies, and with proficiencies in written and oral communication.

Program Student Learning Goals:

  1. Biology majors will be able to understand the main principles of modern biology, with an emphasis on the biomedical sciences.
  2. Biology majors will be able to apply skills in modern laboratory techniques and knowledge of the scientific method to analyze scientific problems and to create their own scientific investigations.
  3. Biology majors will be able to critically evaluate scientific literature according to established scientific criteria.
  4. Biology majors will be able to express scientific ideas, both in written and oral communication.
Derech Hateva

Derech HaTeva, Journal of Torah and Science is a publication of the undergraduate students of Stern College for Women that synthesizes Torah and scientific knowledge and thus represents the unique intellectual strengths and talents of our students. This journal is cataloged in the National Library of Congress. Derech HaTeva is distributed nationally and internationally and has received much praise. You can download a copy at the Yeshiva Academic Institutional Repository