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The major program in Biology seeks to provide a solid foundation in the traditional discipline with courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Histology, Microbiology, Developmental Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Evolutionary Biology.

biology-300x200-students in_labStudents experience the breadth of the biological sciences with choice of such courses as Bioethics, Biology of Cancer, Environmental Ecology, Global Environmentalism, Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology, Vertebrate Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Nutrition in Health and Disease, and Recombinant DNA Technology.

Students may choose to major in Biology, Biochemistry, or Environmental Studies, or major in Biology with an interdisciplinary concentration in Neuroscience. In addition, students may minor in biology, or environmental studies. Students can also choose to follow the pre-health concentration within the major, or minor in prehealth or health sciences.

pdfSummary of 2012 major/minor requirements
pdfSuggested schedules for the majors

The flexibility of the Biology major allows students to choose among a variety of courses that provide a strong background for teaching, biomedical and bio-technical research, graduate studies, nursing and other health-related careers. Faculty advisors help to ensure that each Biology major receives a well-rounded education in the basic biological sciences as well as the needed preparation for any health-related or graduate research pursuit.

Biology at Manhattanville

Students interested in majoring in the biological sciences are invited to contact a member of the department for further information.

Prospective majors and students interested in enrolling in Principles of Biology I or II also need to complete the Biology Placement Exam, which is online exam located on Blackboard at

Manhattanville Biology Students in the Field photo