The mission of the Department of Biology is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that fosters independence in the application of the scientific knowledge and the scientific method. Studying biology at Hofstra University means the opportunity for hands-on research and training at on-campus and research sites across Long Island. Students can major in biology or urban ecology, and can specialize in pre-health, cell/molecular biology, as well as marine and freshwater biology, ecology, secondary education and conservation biology, among others. Our pre-health advisor assists students with course selection, volunteer work and the medical, dental or veterinary school application process.
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 either touring the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest or studying the marine flora and fauna in Belize.