Student examining petri dish.The Biology Department at The College of New Rochelle encourages students to be active learners, whether in the classroom, the laboratory, or the field.

Students have a direct role in the research conducted by faculty, with many receiving scholarships for collaborating with their professors.

Our Colloquium Series prepares students for the professional world, with three classes dedicated to teaching and learning scientific writing and presentation.

In the lab, we don't just hand you prepared solutions and preformed gels — in Molecular Biology, students perform experiments from start to finish.

Many courses bring students off campus — to public health labs, aquariums, nature preserves, and the Long Island Sound, just to name a few — to observe and participate in the study of science.

When you major in biology at CNR, you'll find that smaller can be better — smaller class sizes, close mentoring, individual attention in the lab and in the field, and personal guidance when applying for internships, jobs, graduate programs, and professional schools.

Individualized attention is not a cliche in the Biology Department — it is truly how we interact with our students.

In addition to the requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences, the general requirements for majors in the Biological Sciences are 38 to 43 credits in Biology, 6-8 credits in Mathematics excluding MTH 103 and MTH 109, 20 credits in Chemistry (CHM 117 - Chemical Principles I, CHM 118 - Chemical Principles II, and CHM 223 - Organic Chemistry I, CHM 224 - Organic Chemistry II), and 8 credits in Physics (PHY 111 - General College Physics, PHY 112 - General College Physics).

Students majoring in Biology may select a B.A. in Biological Sciences as a degree by taking a minimum of 38 credits in Biology courses. Students who wish to obtain a B.S. in Biology must take a minimum of 43 credits in Biology courses. Double majors in Biology and Chemistry are required to earn 43 credits in Biology and receive the B.S. degree. Senior biology majors who have a cumulative index of 3.5 in Biology courses will be awarded departmental honors upon graduation.

Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences


The courses in Biology must include:

  • BIO 123 - General Biology I 4 cr. and BIO 123L - General Biology I Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 124 - General Biology II 4 cr. and BIO 124L - General Biology II Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 190 - Biology Colloquium I 1 cr.
  • BIO 213 - Environmental Biology 4 cr. and BIO 213L - Environmental Biology Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 290 - Biology Colloquium II 1 cr.
  • BIO 352 - Genetics 4 cr. and BIO 352L - Genetics Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 353 - Molecular Biology 4.5 cr. and BIO 353L - Molecular Biology Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 394 - Seminar in Bio-Communication 2 cr.

Bachelor of Science in Biology


The courses in Biology must include:

  • BIO 123 - General Biology I 4 cr. and BIO 123L - General Biology I Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 124 - General Biology II 4 cr. and BIO 124L - General Biology II Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 190 - Biology Colloquium I 1 cr.
  • BIO 213 - Environmental Biology 4 cr. and BIO 213L - Environmental Biology Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 290 - Biology Colloquium II 1 cr.
  • BIO 352 - Genetics 4 cr. and BIO 352L - Genetics Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 353 - Molecular Biology 4.5 cr. and BIO 353L - Molecular Biology Lab 0 cr.
  • BIO 394 - Seminar in Bio-Communication 2 cr.

Additional requirements for all Biology majors

Fourteen to nineteen additional credits may be elected from the remaining courses offered for the Biology major. Course selection, including a consideration of suggested prerequisites, is normally discussed with the advisor at registration. A reading knowledge of a modern foreign language, mathematics through calculus, and computer literacy is recommended for those students contemplating graduate studies in the Biological Sciences.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Science and Math Society

Many biology majors join the Science and Math Society, an organization that builds community and raises awareness about all things science and math on campus. In doing this, SAMS brings students together to pursue academic, social, and philanthropic activities.

SAMS members organize study sessions, informative field trips to many New York City venues including "Bodies: The Exhibition" and the MoMath Museum, and film screenings on topics such as genetics and the environment. Annually, the group hosts an Alumnae Panel, which allows for current students to meet and network with successful graduates.

SAMS members serve the community by organizing fundraisers for breast cancer research and to purchase vitamins and school supplies for children locally and in developing countries. They recently met with representatives from Girls, Inc. to plan a mentoring program in which SAMS members will encourage young girls to pursue careers in science and math.

In addition to the occasional potluck dinner, each year, the group creatively celebrates Mole Day and Pi Day.

Field Trips

Students have visited the American Museum of Natural History; the Coney Island Aquarium; Norwalk Aquarium in Connecticut; and other locations throughout the New York metropolitan area.

COSMOS students pick up trash and collect data at Five Islands Park in New Rochelle as participants in International Coastal Clean-up Day.COSMOS — which stands for Creating Opportunities for Success in Math Or Science — is a living-learning community designed specifically for students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Math or Environmental Studies.

The community, which was started in Fall 2012, is located on the second floor of Ursula Hall. Students in COSMOS have two common rooms in their wing, one for group study and another for quiet study.

Students also have access to a Resource Room in the lower lounge of Ursula Hall. The Resource Room includes equipment to support academic achievement in each of these disciplines including: microscopes and slides, a molecular model set, calculators, an anatomical model, and a skeleton.

COSMOS programming has included participation in a citizen science effort on International Coastal Cleanup Day, a Food from the Campus Garden cooking program, a presentation on study skills for science and math, and a visit to the Museum of Mathematics.

Biology majors at The College of New Rochelle have completed internships throughout the area, and in a range of fields: camps, parks, industry, government agencies, hospitals, aquariums, research institutions, and more.

Blanca Paccha SAS'08

In the summer of 2005, Blanca interned at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn., working in the Animal Husbandry and Education departments. She helped prepare food for marine animals, conducted water quality testing, and maintained tanks. She also helped translate the tour brochure into Spanish.

"Both departments provided me a wonderful experience! It helped me to learn more about marine life, to become more aware of certain environmental issues, and led me to discover that the strange-looking horseshoe crab is neither scary nor harmful, but rather beneficial to both the pharmaceutical and medical communities.

This internship was unique and interesting. I might pursue a career in education since I enjoyed that part of the experience the most. My internship at the Aquarium helped me figure out what I might want to do for the rest of my life."

Rose Wardell SAS'07

Rose interned with Cattus Island County Park in Toms River, N.J., in the summer of 2006. She led programs for the public, including nature walks in the salt marsh and talks about the snakes and turtles on display at the visitors center.

She also created a brochure on the reptiles and amphibians of Ocean County, N.J.

Lacy Ann Landell SAS'06

Lacy Ann LandellLacy Ann, a double major in Biology and Chemistry, graduated summa cum laude. In the summer of 2004, she interned at the American Museum of Natural History, working on a project titled, "Towards a Phylogeny of the Family Vibrionaceae Based on Non-Horizontally Transferred Genes."

During the eleven-week program, I spent 45-50 hours per week working in the Molecular Systematics Laboratory in Dr. Rob DeSalle's microbiology group. I worked most directly with Dr. Melanie Harasym, who has worked with this group since her sabbatical in January 2003. The project involved building a family tree showing the evolutionary relatedness of bacteria in the family Vibrionaceae, a group of organisms that includes the agent of cholera.

This experience was a new and exciting opportunity in which I was able to learn modern laboratory protocols, work with scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and experience first-hand what graduate school could be like. The experience was so wonderful that I continued working on the project on Fridays throughout the academic year. The project has been very productive and we hope to publish in the near future.

Giau Nguyen SAS'05

In the summer of 2005, Giau was a REU intern in Dr. C. Kao's lab at Texas A&M University. Her project was titled, "Visualization of Fluorescent Brome Mosaic Virus RNA3 in an In-vivo Environment."

During my stay at Texas, I worked with a plant virus called Brome Mosaic Virus. In recent years, this virus has become a model system for positive strand RNA viruses.

The internship was a rewarding experience because it was my first time being exposed to scientific research on a larger scale. Within one lab there were at least 4-5 large scale projects going on. It was definately an "action-packed" environment for science majors.

Secondly, I was very amazed to see how these scientists were so dedicated to their work. The Post-doc that I worked under spent at least 12 hours a day in the lab during weekdays, and he was always in the lab on the weekends as well. Through this internship I found out that the lab is where I want to be in the future.

Giau graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Biology and Chemistry.

Cindy Bastien SAS'05

In the summer of 2004, Cindy worked as a research assistant at St. Francis College investigating the use of cranberry juice to eliminate a Simian rotavirus. The groundbreaking project was presented at an American Society for Microbiology meeting. In 2005, Cindy was an intern at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, researching first-time donors.

The double major in Biology and International Studies also minored in Chemistry and graduated summa cum laude.

Recent Internship Sites

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • St. John's Riverside Hospital
  • Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
  • Delaware Outdoor Adventure Center, Connecticut
  • Moose Hill Wild Sanctuary, Massachusetts
  • Cytec Industries, Inc., Stamford, Conn.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Region II Laboratory, Edison, N.J.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, March of Dimes, New York
  • Sound Shore Medical Center, New York
  • Island Beach State Park, New Jersey
  • American Museum of Natural History, New York
  • Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, Maryland
  • Baltimore Ecological Studies (BES), Maryland
  • Harvard University School of Public Health, Massachusetts
  • Institute of Ecosystem Studies, New York
  • Texas A&M University