Discover the Excitement
Biology is an area of explosive scientific, intellectual, and technological advances. Attention is focusing on the origin and evolution of living organisms (even their possible existence on other planets), the molecular mechanics of heredity, the processes of disease and immunity, the ecological balance among life forms, the effect of synthetic chemicals on molecular functions of the cell, the biological basis of behavior, and the extraordinary technologies for the creation of useful new characteristics in microorganisms, plants, and animals. The biology program at Purchase College embodies the excitement of the dramatic advances in this rapidly expanding field. Students actively participate in the life sciences, studying and pursuing research with faculty who are active in their fields.
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, teaching, and careers with high-tech industries. Biology majors should be aware that of all the natural sciences, biology is least able to stand alone as a discipline; mathematics, physics, and especially chemistry are important for a meaningful appreciation of life processes. In consultation with a faculty advisor, the student will expand upon this base by choosing advanced subjects related to particular objectives. Advanced courses are offered in seven concentrations.
Prepare for a Life, as Well as a Career
The study of biology is carried out in the context of the strong liberal arts emphasis of Purchase College, preparing students for life, as well as for a career. The core curriculum provides a solid grounding in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. The presence on campus of conservatory programs in the performing and visual arts, the Performing Arts Center, and the Neuberger Museum of Art creates a vibrant cultural environment. To find out more about our campus, visit us!