The major in Biology offers students the opportunity to learn introductory science in an integrated format in the Foundations of Science program and to use the contemporary tools and approaches that are available to solve problems in areas of the current life sciences. Intermediate and advanced courses provide a broad and intensive background in modern biology for those interested in careers in research, health-related fields, biotechnology, and education, among others. The advanced courses emphasize the fundamental concepts and principles mastered in the Foundations of Science sequence, continuing the emphasis on using interdisciplinary approaches to understand the natural world.

The major in Biology is taught by faculty who carry out research in state-of-the-art laboratories in various areas in the life sciences. The Biology program at NYUAD has strong interactive ties with the Department of Biology, the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, and other laboratories located at NYU New York and within the NYU Global Network.

Requirements

16.5 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 6 Foundations of Science 1–6
  • 4 Required courses:
    • Calculus with Applications: Science and Engineering
    • Multivariable Calculus: Science and Engineering
    • Organismal Biology
    • Organic Chemistry 1
  • 4 Biology Electives
  • .5 Rsearch Seminar in Biology (half course)
  • 2 Capstone Project in Biology

Specialization in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

For Biology Majors Only

The Biology major offers a specialization in Brain and Cognitive Science (BCS), which emphasizes the function of the nervous system and places a special emphasis on the biological and psychological processes through which organisms gain and access knowledge.

Requirements for Specialization in Brain and Cognitive Science

17.5 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 6 Foundations of Science 1–6
  • 8 Required courses:
    • Calculus with Applications: Science and Engineering
    • Multivariable Calculus: Science and Engineering
    • Organismal Biology
    • Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience
    • Molecular Neurobiology
    • Organic Chemistry 1
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Cognition
  • 1 Biology Elective
  • .5 Rsearch Seminar in Biology (half course)
  • 2 Capstone Project in Biology

Study Abroad Options

If you major in biology, study abroad will happen in the spring semester of your third year.

You may also choose to enroll in second semester abroad. It will require permission from the Program in Biology, the Dean of Science, and you registering in the course "Capstone Project in Biology 1" at your chosen site.

Please note that as a biology major, you will need to successfully complete the Foundations of Science sequence before going abroad.