Chair: Hilary Callahan
Professor Emeritus: Philip Ammirato
Professors: Hilary Callahan, John Glendinning, Paul Hertz, Jennifer Mansfield, and Brian Morton
Associate Professors: Elizabeth Bauer
Assistant Professors: Allison Lopatkin, JJ Miranda, Alison Pischedda, and Jonathan Snow
Lecturer: Rishita Shah
Senior Lecturer: Jessica Goldstein
Research Scholar: Stephen Sturley
Introductory Lab Associates and Staff: James Casey, Colin Flanagan, and Henry Truong

Requirements for the Major

There are four ways to complete a major in Biology. A student can obtain a general Biology Major or may complete one of the three majors that concentrate on a specific level of biological organization: Cellular and Molecular; Physiology and Organismal; or Ecology and Evolutionary.
Introductory Biology
You may begin the introductory sequence with BIOL BC1002 Global Health and Ecology and the co-requisite lab BIOL BC1012 in the fall of your freshman year, but for the major you must then complete the entire 1500-level sequence the subsequent spring and fall.
BIOL BC1500Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology3
BIOL BC1501Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology2
BIOL BC1502Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOL BC1503Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology2
Genetics
BIOL BC2100Molecular and Mendelian Genetics3
It is recommended, but not required, that this be taken immediately following the completion of the 1500-level courses.
Five Upper Level Lecture Courses
All Biology majors must complete five upper-level courses, with category distribution requirements and the courses that fulfill each category listed below. To complete the Biology Major without a concentration, the five courses must include at least one course from each of the three categories. To complete one of the three concentrations, at least four courses must be from the appropriate category and at least one must be from another category. Although some courses are listed in multiple categories, a student can only use a course towards one of the categories. Additional Columbia courses that can be used to fulfill the major requirements are provided on the Biology website. If a student completes courses that make her eligible for more than one of the four majors, she may select which one is reflected on her transcript.
1. Cellular & Molecular Biology
BIOL BC2278Evolution3
BIOL BC2490Coding in Biology3
BIOL BC3304Topics in Molecular Genetics3
BIOL BC3308Genomics and Bioinformatics3
BIOL BC3310Cell Biology3
BIOL BC3320Microbiology3
BIOL BC3352Development3
BIOL BC3362Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience3
CHEM BC3282Biological Chemistry3
BIOL UN3034Biotechnology3
BIOL UN3073Cellular and Molecular Immunology3
BIOL UN3310Virology3
2. Physiology & Organismal Biology
BIOL BC2262Vertebrate Biology3
BIOL BC2280Animal Behavior3
BIOL BC2286Statistics and Research Design3
BIOL BC3320Microbiology3
BIOL BC3352Development3
BIOL BC3360Physiology3
BIOL UN3005Neurobiology II: Development & Systems4
EEEB UN3011Behavioral Biology of the Living Primates3
EEEB UN3208Explorations in Primate Anatomy3
EEEB W4112Ichthyology3
3. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
BIOL BC2240Plant Evolution and Diversity3
BIOL BC2262Vertebrate Biology3
BIOL BC2272Ecology3
BIOL BC2278Evolution3
BIOL BC2280Animal Behavior3
BIOL BC2286Statistics and Research Design3
BIOL BC2851Plants and Profits: The Global Power of Botany4
BIOL BC3320Microbiology3
BIOL BC3380Applied Ecology and Evolution3
EEEB UN3087Conservation Biology3
EEEB W4110Coastal and Estuarine Ecology4
Three Upper Level Laboratory Courses
Students must complete at least three Biology laboratories beyond the 1500 level. Laboratories may require a lecture course as a co-requisite or prerequisite; such requirements are specified in the Barnard catalogue. A year-long research-seminar course (BIOL BC3591 followed by BIOL BC3592) may substitute for lab courses. Students may also take lab courses at Columbia (or other institutions) to satisfy the lab requirement, with permission from the Co-Chair.
Research Option
A student may count two consecutive semesters of Guided Research and Seminar (BIOL BC3591 followed by BIOL BC3592) as a laboratory course for the major. Guided Research (BIOL BC3597) counts for degree credit but does not count toward the major. A student may not receive credit for research that is paid.
Senior Capstone Experience
Students must enroll in one section of Senior Seminar (BIOL BC3590) or complete two semesters of Senior Thesis Research Seminar (BIOL BC3593 followed by BIOL BC3594). A student cannot take both Senior Thesis Research and Guided Research and Seminar at the same time.
Chemistry Requirement
One semester of General Chemistry (with laboratory) and one semester of Organic Chemistry (with laboratory) are required.

Requirement for the Minor

A minor in biology includes:

BIOL BC1500Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology3
BIOL BC1501Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology2
BIOL BC1502Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOL BC1503Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology2
Three additional lecture courses at the 2100 level or higher
Two additional laboratory courses *,**

BIOL BC1008 HEALTHIER LIFE. 3.00 points.

This is an introductory biology survey course which explores fundamentals of physiology in humans and other organisms, both in the context of global health and global ecological issues. It emphasizes reciprocal interactions between individual healthy humans and healthy societies, and the function of ecosystems in supporting humans and other biodiversity

Fall 2020: BIOL BC1008
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1008 001/00804 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Hilary Callahan, Henry Truong 3.00 25/60

BIOL BC1500 Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: This course is suitable for majors & fulfillment of pre-health requirements. A high school biology background or equivalent preparation is highly recommended. For those without this background seeking to major in biology, BIOL BC1002 & BIOL BC1012 are recommended in the fall of their freshmen year, followed by the year-long 1500-level lecture & lab sequence. BIOL BC1500 & BIOL BC1502 do not have to be taken in a fall to spring sequence.

Detailed introduction to biological phenomena above the cellular level; development, anatomy, and physiology of plants and animals; physiological, population, behavioral, and community ecology; evolutionary theory; analysis of micro-evolutionary events; and systematics.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC1500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1500 001/00074 M W F 9:00am - 9:50am
Room TBA
Paul Hertz, James Casey, Henry Truong 3 207/210
BIOL 1500 002/00749 M W F 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Room TBA
Paul Hertz, James Casey, Henry Truong 3 18/30

BIOL BC1501 Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology. 2 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500 lecture is a pre- or co-requisite (preferred). Students must also enroll for a section of BIOL BC1511 recitation. A high school biology background or equivalent preparation is highly recommended. This course is suitable for fulfillment of biology major and pre-health requirements. Enrollment is limited to 16 students per section.

A laboratory-based introduction to the major groups of living organisms; anatomy, physiology, evolution, and systematics; and laboratory techniques for studying and comparing functional adaptations.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC1501
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1501 001/00075 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 002/00076 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 004/00078 T 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 15/16
BIOL 1501 005/00079 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 17/16
BIOL 1501 006/00080 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 007/00081 W 10:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 010/00084 Th 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 15/16
BIOL 1501 011/00085 T 7:00pm - 9:50pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, Henry Truong 2 17/16
BIOL 1501 012/00086 F 10:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 013/00087 F 10:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey, Henry Truong 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 014/00816 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, Henry Truong 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 015/00817 T 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Jessica Goldstein, Henry Truong 2 15/16

BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1002 or equivalent preparation. Course suitable for fulfillment of premedical requirements. Together with BIOL BC1500 this course is part of a yearlong introductory sequence. BIOL BC1500 and BIOL BC1502 do not need to be taken in sequence.

Detailed introduction to cellular and subcellular biology: cell structures and functions, energy metabolism, biogenesis of cell components, biology of inheritance, molecular genetics, regulation of gene expression, and genes in development.

BIOL BC1503 Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology. 2 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1502 lecture is a pre- or co-requisite (preferred). Students must also enroll for a section of BIOL BC1513 recitation. A high school biology background or equivalent preparation (such as BIOL BC1002 & BIOL BC1012) is highly recommended. This course is suitable for fulfillment of biology major and pre-health requirements. Enrollment is limited to 16 students per section; must attend first lab to hold place.

A laboratory-based introduction to cell and molecular biology.  Both classic and modern approaches are used to investigate principles of heredity as well as the structure and function of cells and their molecular components.   Lab exercises introduce practical techniques and data analysis.

BIOL BC1599 Science Journal Club. 1 point.

Prerequisites: ) Limited to 16 students who are participating in the Science Pathways Scholars Program.

Students in this seminar course will be introduced to the scientific literature by reading a mix of classic papers and papers that describe significant new developments in the field. Seminar periods will be devoted to oral reports, discussion of assigned reading, and student responses.

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Section 1: Limited to students in the Science Pathways Scholars Program. 
,Section 2: Limited to first-year students who received a 4 or 5 on the AP and are currently enrolled in BIOL BC1500.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC1599
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1599 001/00090 T 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Sedelia Rodriguez 1 0/16

BIOL BC2100 Molecular and Mendelian Genetics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent. This course is a pre-requisite for most 3000-level courses.

Mendelian and molecular genetics of both eukaryotes and prokaryotes, with an emphasis on human genetics. Topics include segregation, recombination and linkage maps, cytogenetics, gene structure and function, mutation, molecular aspects of gene expression and regulation, genetic components of cancer, and genome studies.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2100 001/00091 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Brian Morton 3 47/50

BIOL BC2272 Ecology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent. This course is a pre- or co-requisite for BIOL BC2873 Laboratory in Ecology.

Introduction to evolutionary ecology; life history strategies, population growth, competition, predator-prey interactions, population regulation, species diversity, community organization, and biogeography. Lectures integrate theory with empirical studies.

BIOL BC2280 Animal Behavior. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, and BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent. This course is a pre-requisite for BIOL BC2281 Laboratory in Animal Behavior.

This introduction to animal behavior takes an integrative approach to understand the physiological and genetic basis of behavior, the ecological context of behavior, and the evolutionary consequences of behavior. This course focuses on the process of scientific research, including current research approaches in animal behavior and practical applications of these findings.

BIOL BC2281 Laboratory in Animal Behavior. 3 points.

standard for lab courses in Biology

Prerequisites: (BIOL BC1500) and (BIOL BC1502) and (BIOL BC2280) and (BIOL BC1501) and (BIOL BC1503)

This lab provides an introduction to animal behavior research, including current research approaches and practical applications of these findings. Students will complete two main projects. The first is a group project using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, which will involve observing, recording, and analyzing reproductive behaviors. The second is an independent project that will be designed, conducted, and analyzed by students using publicly available animal behavior resources and/or data. Both projects will incorporate critical thinking, problem solving and experimental design, with an emphasize on scientific writing and oral presentation skills. 

Fall 2020: BIOL BC2281
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2281 001/00750 W 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Alison Pischedda 3 3/12

BIOL BC2490 Coding in Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503, BIOL BC2100

An introduction to the basics of Python and R coding in the context of solving basic problems in molecular biology. Python will be used to write programs that analyze various features of DNA sequence data and R will be used to analyze output from RNA-seq experiments. No prior programming experience is necessary. The work will involve modifying existing code as well as developing simple programs from the ground up.

BIOL BC2500 MATLAB for Scientists. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1502, and MATH UN1101

Introduction to MATLAB programming and numerical methods applied to the analysis of biological data.  Topics range from foundational programming concepts and algorithms and an introduction to MATLAB, to more advanced concepts such as data visualization, curve fitting and data interpolation, basic statistical methods, modeling biological systems of ordinary differential equations, and image analysis.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC2500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2500 001/00092 T 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Allison Lopatkin 3 12/12

ANAT BC2574 Laboratory in Human Anatomy. 3 points.

Corequisites: ANAT BC2573

This new interdisciplinary laboratory course will introduce students to the practices of creative and scientific research in anatomy. The laboratory course will offer students “hands-on” opportunities to view cadaveric specimens, to collect, analyze and communicate scientific information/data related to anatomy and to explore the use of anatomical information to generate creative movement and choreography.

BIOL BC3303 Laboratory in Molecular Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC2100 (which can be taken as a pre- or co-requisite). Enrollment is limited to 16; must attend first lab to hold place.

Introduction to the use of molecular techniques to answer questions about subcellular biological phenomena. Techniques include isolation of genomic and plasmid DNAs, restriction enzyme analysis, DNA and protein electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, and plasmid subcloning.

BIOL BC3305 PROJECT LAB IN MOLECULAR GENETICS. 3.00 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503, and BIOL BC2100 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 16.
Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503, and BIOL BC2100 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 16. Laboratory course in which students conduct original research projects in molecular genetics. Students will participate in experimental design, conduct and data analysis, and work with key techniques for studying gene structure, expression and function such as nucleic acid extraction and synthesis, cloning, bioinformatics analysis, PCR and qPCR. Students will present their results orally and in writing. Enrollment in both semesters (BIOL BC3305 and BIOL BC3306) of this full-year course is required, and fulfills two upper-level lab courses for the Barnard Biology major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall. -B. Morton - J. Mansfield

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3305
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3305 001/00093 W 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Jennifer Mansfield, Brian Morton 3.00 12/12

BIOL BC3306 Project Laboratory in Molecular Genetics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC2100 or permission of the instructors. Enrollment is limited to 16; must attend first lab to hold place.

Laboratory course in which students conduct original research projects in molecular genetics. Students will participate in experimental design, conduct data analysis, and work with key techniques for studying gene structure, expression, and function including nucleic acid extraction and synthesis, cloning, bioinformatics analysis, PCR, and qPCR. Students will present their results orally and in writing. Enrollment in both semesters (BIOL BC3305 and BIOL BC3306) of this full-year course is required, and fulfills two upper-level lab courses for the Barnard Biology major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall. 

BIOL BC3310 Cell Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: (BIOL BC1500)(BIOL BC1501)(BIOL BC1502)(BIOL BC1503) and BIOL BC2100 or equivalent.

This course explores the components, systems, and regulatory mechanisms involved in eukaryotic cellular function. Topics include: signal transduction, translational and protein quality control, organellar and cytoskeletal dynamics, and some coordinated responses such as proliferation and programmed cell death. Throughout the course we will see how general cell biology can be specialized to achieve specific cellular functions through regulation of the basic machinery. We will also explore the cellular and molecular bases for a variety of human pathologies, with an emphasis on cancer. In addition to lecture, we will spend some time discussing the material, including selected articles from the primary literature, and learning through group presentations.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3310 001/00094 M W Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Jonathan Snow 3 35/50

BIOL BC3311 Laboratory in Cell Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC3310 (which can be taken as a pre- or co-requisite). Enrollment is limited to 16; must attend first lab to hold place.

Introduction to cell biological techniques used to investigate structural, molecular, and physiological aspects of eukaryotic cells and their organization into tissues. Techniques include light and electron microscopy, cell culture, isolation of cellular organelles, protein electrophoresis, and Western Blot analysis.

BIOL BC3320 Microbiology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503, and BIOL BC2100 or the equivalent. This course is a pre-requisite for BIOL BC3321 Laboratory in Microbiology.

Survey of the diversity, cellular organization, physiology, and genetics of the major microbial groups. Also includes aspects of applied microbiology and biotechnology, the function of microorganisms in the environment, and the role of microbes in human diseases.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3320
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3320 001/00096 T W Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
JJ Miranda 3 31

BIOL BC3321 Laboratory in Microbiology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC3320 (which can be taken as a pre- or co-requisite). Enrollment is limited to 16; must attend first lab to hold place.

Provides experience in the isolation, cultivation, and analysis of pure cultures of microorganisms. Methods used for the study of cell structure, growth, physiology, and genetics of microbes will be incorporated into laboratory exercises.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3321
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3321 001/00332 T 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
0. FACULTY, Hilary Callahan, JJ Miranda 3 7/16

BIOL BC3360 Physiology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, and BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent.

This course examines how mammals carry out basic functions like manipulating objects, sensing the external world, oxygenating tissues, and processing food.  Emphasis is placed on (a) how the body regulates itself through the integrated action of multiple organ systems and (b) what goes awry in disease.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3360
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3360 001/00097 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
John Glendinning 3 56

BIOL BC3362 Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. 3 points.

Prerequisites: (BIOL BC1500)(BIOL BC1501)(BIOL BC1502)(BIOL BC1503) and CHEM BC3230 or the equivalent.

Structure and function of neural membranes; ionic basis of membrane potential and action potential; synaptic transmission and neurochemistry; sensory transduction and processing; reflexes and spinal cord physiology; muscle structure and function; neuronal circuitry; and nervous system development.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3362
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3362 001/00098 M T W Th F 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room TBA
Elizabeth Bauer 3 74/80

BIOL BC3363 Laboratory in Molecular and Cell Neuroscience. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC3362 (which can be taken as a pre- or co-requisite). Enrollment is limited to 16; must attend first lab to hold place.

Introduction to techniques commonly used in current neurobiological research, including intracellular and extracellular recording of action potentials, neuroanatomical methods, and computer simulation of the action potential.

BIOL BC3590 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503, and BIOL BC2100 or the equivalent. Enrollment is limited to 12; must attend first class to hold place.

Required for all majors who do not select the year-long Senior Thesis Research & Seminar (BIOL BC3593 & BC3594) to fulfill their senior capstone requirement. These seminars allow students to explore the primary literature in the Biological Sciences in greater depth than can be achieved in a lecture course. Attention will be focused on both theoretical and empirical work. Seminar periods are devoted to oral reports and discussion of assigned readings and student reports. Students will write one extensive literature review of a topic related to the central theme of the seminar section. Topics vary per semester and include, but are not limited to: Plant DevelopmentAnimal Development & Evolution, Molecular Evolution, Microbiology & Global Change, Genomics, Comparative & Reproductive Endocrinology, and Data Intensive Approaches in Biology.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3590
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3590 001/00099 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Rishita Shah 4 13/12

BIOL BC3591 Guided Research and Seminar. 4 points.

Per Semester

An independent research project in Biology under the guidance of a faculty member and suiting the needs of the individual student. A Barnard research mentor (if your lab is at Barnard) or internal adviser in the Biology Department (if your lab is elsewhere) must approve your planned research before you enroll in this year-long course. A  Project Approval Form must be submitted to the department in the fall. 

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Attendance at a weekly seminar is required. By the end of the year, students enrolled in BIOL BC3591-BIOL BC3592 will write a scientific paper and give a poster presentation of their work at the Barnard Biology Research Symposium.  Completion of this year-long course fulfills two upper-level laboratory requirements for the major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall. 

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3591
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3591 001/00100 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
Room TBA
Alison Pischedda, JJ Miranda 4 13

BIOL BC3592 Guided Research and Seminar. 4 points.

Per Semester

An independent research project in Biology under the guidance of a faculty member and suiting the needs of the individual student. A Barnard research mentor (if your lab is at Barnard) or internal adviser in the Biology Department (if your lab is elsewhere) must approve your planned research before you enroll in this year-long course. A  Project Approval Form must be submitted to the department in the fall. 

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Attendance at a weekly seminar is required. By the end of the year, students enrolled in BIOL BC3591-BIOL BC3592 will write a scientific paper and give a poster presentation of their work at the Barnard Biology Research Symposium.  Completion of this year-long course fulfills two upper-level laboratory requirements for the major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall. 

BIOL BC3593 Senior Thesis Research & Seminar. 4 points.

Per Semester

Prerequisites: Permission of a faculty sponsor and the department. Cannot be taken concurrently with BIOL BC3591 or BIOL BC3592.

Same as BIOL BC3591-BIOL BC3592, including attendance at a weekly seminar. By the end of the year, students enrolled in BIOL BC3593-BIOL BC3594 will write a scientific paper and orally present their work at the Barnard Biology Research Symposium.

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A Barnard research mentor (if your lab is at Barnard) or internal adviser in the Biology Department (if your lab is elsewhere) must approve your planned research before you enroll in this year-long course. A  Project Approval Form must be submitted to the department in the fall. Completion of this year-long course fulfills the senior capstone requirement for the major; it cannot be taken at the same time as BIOL BC3591-BIOL BC3592. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall.

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3593
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3593 001/00101 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
Room TBA
Alison Pischedda, JJ Miranda 4 4

BIOL BC3594 Senior Thesis Research & Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of a faculty sponsor and the department. Cannot be taken concurrently with BIOL BC3591 or BIOL BC3592.

Same as BIOL BC3591-BIOL BC3592, including attendance at a weekly seminar. By the end of the year, students enrolled in BIOL BC3593-BIOL BC3594 will write a scientific paper and orally present their work at the Barnard Biology Research Symposium.

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A Barnard research mentor (if your lab is at Barnard) or internal adviser in the Biology Department (if your lab is elsewhere) must approve your planned research before you enroll in this year-long course. A  Project Approval Form must be submitted to the department in the fall. Completion of this year-long course fulfills the senior capstone requirement for the major; it cannot be taken at the same time as BIOL BC3591-BIOL BC3592. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall.

BIOL BC3597 Guided Research. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of a faculty sponsor.

Similar to BIOL BC3591-BIOL BC3592, this is a one-semester course that provides students with degree credit for unpaid research without a seminar component. You may enroll in BIOL BC3597 for between 1-4 credits per semester. As a rule of thumb, you should be spending approximately 3 hours per week per credit on your research project.

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Project Approval Form must be submitted to the department each semester that you enroll in this course. Your Barnard research mentor (if your lab is at Barnard) or internal adviser in the Biology Department (if your lab is elsewhere) must approve your planned research before you enroll in BIOL BC3597. You should sign up for your mentor's section. 

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This course does not fulfill any Biology major requirements.  It is open to students beginning in their first year. 

Fall 2020: BIOL BC3597
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3597 001/00103  
Elizabeth Bauer 4 1
BIOL 3597 002/00104  
Hilary Callahan 4 0
BIOL 3597 003/00105  
John Glendinning 4 6
BIOL 3597 004/00106  
Paul Hertz 4 0
BIOL 3597 005/00107  
Allison Lopatkin 4 0
BIOL 3597 006/00108  
Jennifer Mansfield 4 2
BIOL 3597 007/00109  
JJ Miranda 4 1
BIOL 3597 008/00110  
Brian Morton 4 0
BIOL 3597 009/00111  
Alison Pischedda 4 1
BIOL 3597 010/00112  
Jonathan Snow 4 3

Cross-Listed Courses

Chemistry (Barnard)

CHEM BC3282 Biological Chemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: (CHEM BC3230) and (CHEM BC3231) BIOL BC1502. Lecture: MWF 9:00-9:50.

Introduction to biochemical building blocks, macromolecules, and metabolism. Structures of amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. Protein structure and folding. Enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, allostery. Membranes and biosignaling. Catabolism and anabolism with emphasis on chemical intermediates, metabolic energy, catalysis by specific enzymes, regulation.

Fall 2020: CHEM BC3282
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3282 001/00318 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Jonelle White 3 44/40

CHEM BC3355 Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques. 5 points.

Prerequisites: Organic II lab (CHEM BC3333, BC3335, or equivalent); Quantitative analysis lab (BC3338, BC3340, or equivalent); Biochemistry (CHEM BC3282y, CHEM C3501, or equivalent). Lecture: T 1:10-12:50; Laboratory two afternoons: T 2:10-6:00 / TH 1:10-5:00.

Theory and application of fundamental techniques for the isolation, synthesis and characterization of biological macromolecules including proteins, lipids, nucleotides and carbohydrates.  Techniques include spectroscopic analysis, gel electrophoresis, chromatography, enzyme kinetics, immunoblotting, PCR, molecular cloning and cell culture, as well as modern laboratory instrumentation, such as UV-Vis, GC-MS and HPLC.

CHEM BC3357 Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques. 3 points.

Fee: $45.

Prerequisites: four terms of chemistry and biology laboratory.
Corequisites: BIOC C3501 or BCHM G4021.

Lecture and lab. Same course as BC3355, but only one section of lab hours required.

Neuroscience and Behavior (Barnard)

NSBV BC2002 Statistics and Experimental Design. 4 points.

This course is for students interested in learning how to conduct scientific research. They will learn how to (i) design well-controlled experiments and identify “quack” science; (ii) organize, summarize and illustrate data, (iii) analyze different types of data; and (iv) interpret the results of statistical tests.

Fall 2020: NSBV BC2002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
NSBV 2002 001/00674 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
John Glendinning 4 11/24
NSBV 2002 001/00674 M W 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
John Glendinning 4 11/24