Biology Department

Biology Department

The undergraduate curriculum in biology is constructed to complement a liberal arts education. Majoring in biology can enhance any future career, as it emphasizes inquiry, problem-solving, collaborative learning, and independent learning.


The mission of the Department of Biology is to provide an outstanding and supportive educational environment in which students and faculty flourish as they seek to better understand the biological sciences and their practical applications.


The Department of Biology is committed to excellence in teaching, advising, undergraduate research, and service. We provide challenging and innovative curricula that promote experiential learning opportunities such as internships, student-faculty collaborative research, and access to advanced technology. Our programs prepare students for lifelong learning and a diverse array of advanced studies and careers in the life sciences, including the health professions and teaching, making them competitive for positions in top graduate and professional schools, secondary schools, and industry. We contribute to the holistic education of all Marist students by fostering scientific literacy and critical thinking skills that enhance their scientifically-informed decisions. Faculty are committed to continual development as teacher-scholars, and being active in research involving Marist students, with the goal of disseminating their findings to the scientific community. We enhance student learning by improving and expanding our facilities and instrumentation. We continually seek to strengthen our integration with other School of Science programs, establish pedagogical and scholarly collaborations with colleagues within and outside of the College, and engage in service to the College and the greater community.


The Objectives of the Biology Program are:

  • To offer a diversity of courses with both breadth and depth through four areas of concentration.
  • To prepare students to meet the prerequisite requirements to enter the various health professions ranging from medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, optometry, both physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, and other allied health professions.
  • To prepare students for entry into graduate programs in the biological sciences through course preparation and research opportunities.
  • To prepare students to gain certification in secondary education in the biological sciences.
  • To afford students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and training needed to enter into various professions in industry and research.

There are three curricular choices for students interested in biology. The Biology major offers a general curriculum for those who may be unsure of their future career path. The Biology Education major prepares students to be high school life science teachers. The Biomedical Sciences major is designed for students interested in medical and other health professional schools.


This curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue many career paths in the biological sciences. Students may select a path that prepares them for the various health professions. The curriculum also provides a foundation for graduate studies and offers the student the opportunity to gain research experience within selected advanced courses, as well as through independent faculty-student research at Marist. All biology students are encouraged to apply to summer research programs at a variety of locations, including Marist, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and other colleges and universities.

Biomedical Sciences

Students who wish to focus their undergraduate studies on preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, or other health professional schools should choose this major (although the Biology major is also an appropriate choice). Students complete a health-related internship and are strongly encouraged to take business and management courses to complement their scientific training.