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 the curriculum because it provides the background to understand basic biological issues in health and disease, as well as our 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 and also 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.
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.
Program Student Learning Goals
- Biology majors will be able to understand the main principles of modern biology, with an emphasis on the biomedical sciences.
- 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
- Biology majors will be able to critically evaluate scientific literature according to established scientific criteria
- Biology majors will be able to express scientific ideas, both in written and oral communication.