Dec 06, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences

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About the Department

The Department of Biological Sciences at Hunter College stresses excellence in both teaching and research. Fully equipped research laboratories are supported by major federal grants and students are strongly encouraged to become involved in laboratory research. State-of-the-art flow cytometry and bioimaging facilities are housed within the department. They have been created and are funded by federal grants, New York State and the Center for Gene Structure and Function. The Center consists of faculty from the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Anthropology working in the areas of biomolecular structure and function.

The core curriculum in biological sciences prepares students for admission to both graduate and medical schools and for careers in the biological sciences, including teaching and the growing industry of biotechnology. The curriculum emphasizes cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics and neurobiology as the foundation for future careers in fields related to the biological sciences.

Career Planning

Graduate Study The department offers a master of arts in the biological sciences and courses taken in the MA program can later be credited toward the PhD upon acceptance into the CUNY doctoral program in biology. Interested students should obtain the Hunter College graduate catalog and contact the biology master’s program adviser. Laboratory research under faculty supervision (see undergraduate research, below) is extremely valuable for gaining admission to graduate schools. Students planning to apply to graduate school should consult with their adviser as early in their college career as possible.

Professional Schools Students who plan to apply to schools of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine should consult with their adviser and see the preprofessional adviser in Room 812 Hunter East.

Preparation for Teaching In cooperation with the School of Education, the Department of Biological Sciences offers opportunities for students to prepare for a teaching career in elementary and secondary schools. Major I in biology satisfies the requirements for New York State certification of at least 30 credits for teachers in adolescent education, grades 7-12. Major II in biology satisfies the requirements for New York State certification for teachers in childhood education, grades 1-6. See the School of Education  section of this catalog and consult with an adviser in the School of Education for additional information and requirements.

Preparation for Biotechnology Students interested in careers in the rapidly growing field of biotechnology should select Major I and consult with their adviser as early as possible. Advanced courses taken as electives should include BIOL 41000  and those special topics courses (BIOL 47000 -BIOL 47100 ) that are most relevant to biotechnology. Qualified students are also encouraged to pursue the BA/MA Program in Biotechnology. Interested biology majors who have completed BIOL 300 should contact Dr. Patricia Rockwell as early as possible.

Programs and Courses

Programs and Courses in Biological Sciences 

Administration and Faculty

Department Office:

927 North
(212) 772-5293
Web site:


Shirley Raps
927 North
(212) 772-5281


Biological Sciences Faculty 

HEGIS Codes: 0401 (BA); 0499 (BA/MA in Biotechnology); 0401/1299 (BA/MA in Environmental & Occupational Health); 1223.01/0401 (BS/MA in Biotechnology)

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