Biological Sciences

Department Chair: Haiping Cheng (Science Hall, Room 3408)

Undergraduate Adviser: Maryam Bamshad-Alavi, Email:

Department Faculty and Staff: Professors: Maryam Bamshad-Alavi, Haiping Cheng, Edward J. Kennelly, Dwight T. Kincaid, Martin Muntzel, Joseph W. Rachlin, Stephen Redenti, Eleanore T. Wurtzel, Zhi-Liang Zheng; Associate Professors: Renuka Sankaran, Moira Sauane; Assistant Professors: Gabriel O. Aisemberg, Julio Gallego-Delgado; Lecturers: Ayanna Alexander-Street; Jack Henning, Rena Quinlan; Chief Technical College Laboratory Technician: Hunki Paek; Senior College Laboratory Technicians: Christine Delevan, James Lee, Christina West; College Laboratory Technician: Kasielis Molina-Velez

The undergraduate curricula of the Department of Biological Sciences are designed to provide potential biologists with a solid background based on the substantial new information comprising modern Biology and to meet the needs of students with different career goals and scientific interests. The Department offers students the opportunity to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology for school teachers. Students have the opportunity to pursue either a four-year BS or a five-year BS-MS dual degree.

Career Preparation: Careers arising from an undergraduate major in Biology include research in one of its areas: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and work in the paramedical professions, as well as opportunities in public health, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, biotechnology, and conservation. Prospective middle and high school biology teachers should consult the adviser in either the Department of Biological Sciences or the Department of Middle and High School Education. Students preparing for elementary teaching should consult the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education.

Graduate Study: Students who plan to attend graduate school should consult the Departmental adviser early in their college careers. They should examine the Lehman College Graduate Bulletin and the bulletins of various graduate schools for specific entrance requirements. A reading knowledge of foreign languages is sometimes required. In special cases, graduating seniors meeting the prerequisites may be permitted to offer credit from graduate courses listed in the College's Graduate Bulletin toward their undergraduate degrees.