School Of Natural & Social Sciences

The Biology BA & BS Program | Prospective Students | Academic Requirements & Concentrations | Student Learning Outcomes | Minor in Biology | Courses | Faculty | Facilities | Internships | Research | Senior Projects

The Biology Program: Prospective Students

The Biology Program at Purchase College may be pursued from a variety of perspectives, and our majors are well prepared for graduate school, medical school and other health programs, teaching, and careers with high-tech industries. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students shape their programs by choosing advanced subjects related to their particular objectives. Graduate schools to which our alumni have gone include Harvard, Yale, and University of Pennsylvania.

Natural Sciences Learning Community
Check out the Learning Communities and, for additional information, contact This is an exciting learning opportunity for freshman students with a special interest in the natural sciences, especially biology. The goals of this learning community are to introduce students in both a formal and informal way to the study of biology, to help them excel in their courses, and to provide a framework in which students can connect with other students who share an interest in biology. Faculty and students will be able to participate, in settings outside of the traditional classroom, in activities that provide informal ways of studying biology.

Premedical Studies
Our Premedical Advisory Committee and the Career Development Center work closely with students in selecting programs, offering advice, assembling applications, arranging a practice admissions interview, and writing evaluation letters. Purchase College graduates have an excellent record of admission to, and success in, respected medical, dental, veterinary, and other allied health schools (a placement rate of over 80%). Medical schools include Harvard, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Cornell, Albert Einstein, New York University, New York Medical College, and Stony Brook. Dental schools include Buffalo and Rutgers. Veterinary schools include Cornell and University of California at Davis.

Five Reasons to Choose Purchase College for Biology

  • Hands-on approach to science
    Students learn by doing, with access to the very interesting techniques and instrumentation that are indispensable to modern biology.
  • Accessible faculty
    Small class sizes, regular office hours, student/faculty research, and an informal atmosphere make faculty very accessible.
  • Educational excellence
    Excellent faculty, superb teaching, interesting and demanding courses, and respected research characterize our program.
  • Beautiful environment
    A beautiful campus on a former estate, interesting students in the sciences, liberal arts, and visual and performing arts, the Neuberger Museum of Art and Performing Arts Center on campus, and excellent gym and pool facilities combine to make Purchase an exciting college, and close enough for afternoon or evening trips into Manhattan.
  • Value
    A first-rate education in biology and the liberal arts is within the reach of every student. Purchase has been called an Ivy League education at state university tuition, and is highly rated among public liberal arts colleges in the north by U.S. News & World Report.