Do you see yourself researching new treatments for diseases like diabetes or cancer? Maybe you want to help schoolchildren fall in love with science, or you dream of spending your days caring for patients as a physician. Majoring in biology, the study of living organisms, is great preparation for careers in scientific research, teaching, medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science.

Hands-On Education

NSF Research Fellow

The backbone of our program is research, meshing the theory of science with its practical application to real-world problems. You'll get the chance to participate in research as early as your first year at Hofstra, playing an integral role in projects that will inspire you, help build your résumé, and have meaningful scientific impact. 

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 participate in a study abroad program in which they spend 20 days either touring the Galápagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest or studying the marine flora and fauna in Belize.

Barbarajean Magnani

A Passion for Pathology

Biology/Class of '72

Internationally renowned for her expertise in clinical chemistry and toxicology, Dr. Barbarajean Magnani began her illustrious career exploring the natural world in Hofstra’s biology lab, where she developed a lifelong love of science, learning and teaching.  

Follow Barbarajean’s Evolution

Degrees & Programs

Students may major in biology or urban ecology, and specializations are available in pre-health, cell/molecular biology, as well as marine and freshwater biology, ecology, secondary education and conservation biology, among others. 

Our pre-health advisors assist students with course selection, volunteer work, and the medical, dental or veterinary school application process. 

More About Pre-Health Advisement

BA in Biology

The Bachelor of Arts is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of biology and a strong liberal arts foundation. It is ideal for students planning to pursue graduate studies in another area, such as business, K-12 education, engineering or law. 

BS in Biology

The Bachelor of Science is appropriate for students planning graduate studies in biology and professional pursuits in the fields of biology, medicine or higher education. The BS has an options requirement – areas of specialized learning. Choose from Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Evolution; Marine Biology; Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental and Pre-Veterinary Studies; and Secondary Education

For Your Consideration

A minor in Biology is available, as are a major and minor in Neuroscience and a BA and BS in Urban Ecology.

Students may also apply for the 4+4 BS-BA/MD program, a highly selective program offered in conjunction with the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

We also offer the following dual-degree programs:

In the Classroom

Learn from the Experts

All of the Department of Biology’s 17 full-time faculty members are active researchers and frequent authors for scholarly journals. 


Labs and Resources

Gittleson Hall, home of the Department of Biology, recently underwent a $4 million renovation that includes these additions and upgrades: 

  • An imaging center with light and electron microscopes, high-resolution macro-imager, 3D motion analysis systems, professional portable GPS units fully compatible with GIS, 3D printer 
  • An advanced molecular techniques center, including a robotic liquid handler, automated plate reader, qPCR, and eukaryotic cell culture capabilities 
  • A collaborative learning center for small group activity via wireless sharing of data 
  • A student study center and lounge 
  • Animal care facilities 
  • Two automated greenhouses

In addition, we actively promote research across scientific disciplines, thanks to a new, multidisciplinary lab called the Collaboratorium.

The Student Experience

Students may participate in independent research or summer research to enhance their academic experience and build their résumé.

Our students work alongside professors studying ecology at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge; examining the microorganisms that promote the growth of beach grass protecting Long Island beaches; and studying biofuels and sand dunes, cancer cell migration, and pathogenic bacteria. 

A Message from the Chair on Student Research



Internships are an important part of the Hofstra biology majors’ experience, and opportunities are available with local companies, nonprofit organizations, medical facilities, and/or government agencies. 

Students have recently held internship positions at:

  • Atlantis Aquarium

  • Bronx Zoo

  • CHSL Fish Hatchery

  • Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

  • Museum of Natural History

  • New York Aquarium

  • Sands Point Preserve

  • Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways

  • Volunteers for Wildlife

Resources for finding internships include the Hofstra Center for Career Design and Development. For more information, call 516-463-6060.

The Department of Biology offers several competitive summer fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students wishing to pursue independent research. These fellowships provide a stipend of $4,500 to students for an intensive, 10-week summer research program.

More about Summer Fellowships


The Biology Seminar Series brings noted scientists to campus for in-depth discussions of their work. The events are open to the public, and we encourage all members of the scientific community to attend, especially biology students.

See our current speaker lineup.


You can meet like-minded new people, share ideas, and organize service-learning opportunities through student organizations. 

  • AMSA – American Medical Students Association 

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta – National Health Preprofessional Honor Society 

  • Beta Beta Beta – National Biology Honor Society 

  • Hofstra Biology Club

More about departmental honors

The Outlook

In a survey of recent Hofstra graduates who majored in biology, 94% of respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school.

Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in biology and who reported they were employed, 100% reported they landed their position before or within six months of graduation. The mean annual self-reported salary was $55,000.

More on alumni outcomes


Recent alumni have reported working at:

  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
  • Cornell University Veterinary Specialists
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Foot And Ankle Surgeons Of New York
  • Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Northwell Health
  • NY Presbyterian Hospital
  • Plainview Oral Surgery
  • The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Alumni have reported pursuing graduate studies at:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University
  • New York Medical College
  • NYIT College Of Osteopathic Medicine
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Pennsylvania

Contact Us

Visit our department website

Biology Department
Room 130 Gittleson Hall

Department Secretary
Phone: 516-463-5516

Department Chair

Maureen Krause
Phone: 516-463-6178
Room 132 Gittleson Hall 

Biology Newsletter

Are you a high school student?

The Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program (HUSSRP) provides opportunities in the Department of Biology for high school students to engage in research projects during the summer. Visit the website for details.