Studying biology at Hofstra University means the opportunity for hands-on research in areas of study. Students can major in biology or urban ecology, and can specialize in an area of study such as pre-med cell/molecular (the department has more than 15 areas of specialization). Other areas for specialization are marine and freshwater biology, ecology, conservation biology and urban ecology at on-campus facilities and research sites across Long Island. Our pre-med advisor assists students interested in medicine with course selection, volunteer work and the medical school application process. And there is an active chapter of APHOS – the Association of Pre-Health Oriented Students – for students interested in medicine, dentistry or the allied health professions.
A series of biology seminars brings noted scientists for in-depth discussions of their work. Each of our faculty members offers students opportunities to work with them in their specific area of research. The department also sponsors a competitive summer fellowship for undergraduate students, during which students work with researchers on topics related to their career goals. Every year, students are offered the chance to enroll in a study abroad program in which they spend 20 days touring the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest.
Hofstra Bio/Geo in the Galápagos in Jan 2014
Jan 03 - Jan. 22, 2014
This 20 day adventure includes a 12-day tour of the volcanic islands and unique wildlife that inspired the young Charles Darwin, a day trip to a stratovolcano in the high Andes, and four days exploring the diverse ecosystems in the Amazon rainforest.
The courses supporting the trip meet during Fall 2013 – undergraduate students register for BIO110A or GEOL 143, graduate students for BIO 203 or GEOL 280N. Courses will meet 4 times during the evening. Undergraduate courses may be taken for variable credit.
Deposit must be received before May 8, 2013. Space is limited; the first 21 deposits received will guarantee a place on the trip.
Dr. Russell Burke (Dept. of Biology)
Dr. Maureen Krause (Dept. of Biology)
Dr. Bret Bennington (Dept. of Geology)
Congratulations! Sarah Rosenheck, a junior Biology major, has been awarded a Research Grant from the Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation to support her research on "Exploring the function of the transcription factor bigmax in the brain of Drosophila melanogaster" in Dr. DiAngelo's lab in the Biology Department at Hofstra University.