As a Biology major, can I get help finding a lab in which to do research?
Yes. General advice about finding a research opportunity is available on the BioDUS blog. You may also speak with a faculty member in your field of interest to get advice on which labs do research in this field and on how to contact a professor about joining his or her lab. To do this, send an email to email@example.com with "finding a lab" as the subject line, and be sure to specify what areas of biology you are interested in.
How can I find out what courses may be offered this year?
Visit the Biology department Courses site to find information about when Biology courses are offered, what major/minor requirements they satisfy, what they cover, and which professors are teaching them. Also check ALBERT for the latest official offering information
How do I declare Biology as my major or minor?
Declaring Biology as your major or minor is easy. Visit the forms page of our website and fill out the majors or minors declaration form. Students who declare Biology as their major will be assigned a faculty adviser and will be invited to join our Biology undergraduate Google group. This is the main form of communication between the Department and majors for announcements and reminders.
As a Sophomore or Junior can I become a Biology major?
Yes, see our advice for students who wish to join the Biology major after taking Principles of Biology sophomore year. Students who have completed Principles of Biology I and II, as well as General Chemistry I and II, by the end of sophomore year can typically complete the Biology major without extending time to degree.
How do I undeclare Biology as my major or minor?
To undeclare download the undeclare major or minor forms on our forms page and submit them to the Undergraduate Administrative Aide in the Biology Department office located on the 10th floor of the Silver Center, room 1009.
How do I transfer credits to my biology major or minor?
If you are trying to transfer credits you previously earned before entering NYU (from a different school), NYU admissions has to first accept the credits. Next you will need to obtain a syllabus that includes information about the textbook used in the course, the topics covered week-by-week, and how the course grade was generated (a course description is NOT a syllabus!) for the course you are trying to apply to your Biology major or minor. The Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies for Biology will review the syllabus and determine if the course can be applied to the major or minor. You can arrange for the Assistant Director review through the Undergraduate Administrative Aide or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why don't my transfer credits appear on Albert showing that I have fulfilled a specific Biology course?
Transfer credits are not automatically applied toward a specific Biology course, but are applied toward the science Core requirement or applied as general elective toward the 128 credits needed to graduate from CAS.
Can I take a Biology course outside NYU?
Yes, as long as the Biology department has approved the course as being equivalent through a review of the course syllabus, and you have received the approval from the Dean's office. You MUST seek the approval from both the department and the Dean's office before you register into the non-NYU course. Retroactive approval will not be given.
How do undergraduate research credits work?
There are two types of research credits that you can earn. Independent Study is for those doing research with a faculty member in the Biology department. Internship is for those doing research outside the department. Both types of research will require that you complete the appropriate application form (which you can get from the Forms page), and submit the requested information to the department for approval.
When can I register for research credits?
Registering for research credits can only be for the Fall or Spring semester. You are responsible for submitting all requested supporting material several weeks before the beginning of the semester or during registration week.
Can I use the research credits in place of the Lab Skills (At the Bench) requirement for the major?
Yes, both Independent Study and Internship credits can be used to fulfill the Lab Skills course requirement for the major. The requirements for doing so are listed on the respective application form.
Can I get research credits for research that I have already done?
No, you cannot. Research credits cannot be approved retroactively for past research experience. You must be working on a research project when you apply for the research credits.
How does registration work for Biology majors and minors?
Registration for Majors
Biology majors receive an email from the Undergraduate Administrative Aide that will indicate the dates and instructions for making appointments with your faculty adviser. Make sure to reach out as soon as possible to your adviser to schedule your appointment since many of them are very busy with teaching and research. After scheduling your appointment, fill out the online registration form, which will be routed to your adviser, who can approve you to register after you have met. Come to your meeting prepared to discuss your short-term and longer-term course plans in the context of your academic and career goals. After your adviser approves your registration form, it will be routed to the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies so you can be cleared to register (typically within 24 hours).
Registration for Minors
Biology minors all see the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Ignatius Tan, for advising except for Environmental Biology minors who all see Dr. Mary Killilea for advising.
I’m graduating, what do I need to do?
Biology majors in their Junior or Senior year should make sure all biology requirements have been met by checking their Degree Progress Report in ALBERT. Majors should meet with their faculty adviser to finalize any courses or address concerns. We ask that all graduating seniors fill out an online Exit Interview. The Undergraduate Administrative Aide will send out a link as graduation approaches. Congratulations on your achievement!
What are the admissions requirements for attending NYU as a Biology major?
All questions about admissions should be directed to the Admissions Office. The Biology department is not involved in admissions decisions. If you are a prospective student and seek information about the Biology major, most of your questions should be answered by looking under Undergraduate Program on the website.
What are the requirements for Honors in Biology?
The requirements for Honors in Biology are explained here. Students pursuing Honors must submit an application form (available on the Forms page) by the beginning of the final semester.
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Who can I contact if I have questions about the undergraduate program in Biology?
Be sure to look through all the FAQs and the Undergraduate Program pages. If you still have questions about the Biology major and Biology undergraduate curriculum you should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies at email@example.com or see the Undergraduate Administrative Aide in the Biology Department office. The office is located on the 10th Floor of the Silver Center in room 1009.
Why should I become a Biology major at NYU?
The NYU Biology Department is vibrant, interactive, collegial and inclusive, with unusually strong interactions between faculty and students. Our faculty members lead cutting-edge research programs and teach students from the introductory to the advanced level. Our courses guide students in developing a firm foundation of biological knowledge, as well as skills in critical reasoning, quantitative analysis and experimental methods. Introductory courses include labs and/or recitations, for a more personal experience that complements lectures. Upper-level courses are generally small and interactive. Students are exposed to the breadth of biological inquiry, from molecules to organisms to populations to ecosystems, and are encouraged to gain laboratory research experience through independent study or internship. Each Biology major is advised by a faculty member, who provides guidance on course selection and career preparation. Biology majors go on to pursue careers in the health professions, in scientific research, in teaching, in journalism and in a variety of other fields. Any student seeking a strong education in the life sciences will find a home in the NYU Biology Department.