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The study of biology is the ideal preparation for students planning to enter professions such as medicine and other health-related fields that require competence in the biologic sciences. Students also select this curriculum because it provides the background to understand basic biological issues in health and disease, as well as environmental concerns.

Biology courses at Yeshiva College keep pace with the ever-changing nature of biological science. Courses are offered in ecology, cell structure, microbiology and immunology, molecular biology, and genetics (emphasizing our newfound ability to analyze and manipulate the genome). Honors courses and guided research projects encourage independent research.

The Department of Biology empowers students to participate in research projects with faculty members at both Yeshiva College and, through the Roth Scholar Summer Fellowships, at Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The department is further enhanced by the student-run science research club, Sigma Delta Rho. The club sponsors career nights and lectures by prominent professionals in the field as well as screens films on topics of interest to health science students. Additionally, it keeps students updated on career opportunities.

Most students who major in biology pursue graduate-level studies in health sciences, where competition is intense. Yeshiva College students traditionally have a high acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools, with most going on to the graduate school of their choice.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Department of Biology is for undergraduates majoring in biology to be prepared and qualified to pursue advanced studies in the biomedical sciences as related to human health care and/or pursue employment in various biology-related fields. These milestones will be achieved by providing courses covering a wide spectrum of sub-disciplines within biology, so as to provide students majoring in biology with a comprehensive background in the principles of modern biology and hands-on skills in using laboratory instrumentation.

Student Learning Goals:

  • To understand the main principles of modern biology, with an emphasis on the biomedical sciences.
  • To successfully apply skills in modern laboratory techniques and knowledge of the scientific method to analyze scientific problems and to create their own scientific investigations.
  • To critically evaluate scientific literature according to established scientific criteria.
  • To express scientific ideas, both in written and oral communication.

New Biochemistry Major

Yeshiva College is now offering a major in Biochemistry beginning in Fall 2017.  This major is approved by NYSED, and has been successfully offered at SCW for the past 10 years.  A total of 60-61 credits are needed to complete this major. We feel it will be a valuable alternative for our pre-med and pre-dental students interested in gaining expertise in this inter-disciplinary field. The requirements are located online at https://www.yu.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/08-10biochem_major.pdf

For more information about the Biology Department at Yeshiva College, please contact Professor Sumanta Goswami at goswami@yu.edu or 212.960.5400 ext. 130.