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    Why Study Biology?

    You’re curious about what makes living organisms tick. You feel at home in a lab examining specimens or out in the field collecting them. There is no better time to prepare for a career in the biological sciences. More than 90% of our graduates have full-time employment in a science field or are enrolled in a graduate program within six months of graduation.

    Why Study Biology at MMC?

    MMC offers BA and BS degrees in Biology. Which degree you choose depends on where you see yourself after graduation. The BS in Biology prepares you to become a research scientist or to enter graduate school in any field of life science. It also provides the foundation for entrance to medical, dental, veterinary, or physician assistant programs. The Biology BA: Human Biology, Health, and Society major is for you if you’re seeking a career in other health science professions, like physical or occupational therapy.

    Whichever path you choose, you will be soaking up science knowledge in small classes and taking advantage of unique research opportunities, all in the heart of New York City. You will have exceptional access to biomedical internships in the top hospitals and research institutions in the nation, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, Rockefeller University, Mt. Sinai, and the Hospital for Special Surgery. We also offer opportunities to conduct original research with faculty in the Natural Sciences. The close mentorship you will receive here is unlike any other program. Students who complete a senior thesis graduate with Honors in the major. As a result of these experiences, our alumni have excellent outcomes. Our Department of Natural Sciences has academic linkages with the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy.

    In coordination with the Princeton Review, Marymount Manhattan College is pleased to offer our MCAT Pathway Test Preparation Program to MMC students and alumni.

    What You Will Learn

    • Deepen your knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
    • Enhance your critical thinking skills to integrate and apply scientific information.
    • Use research strategies to address scientific questions and become an active participant in the scientific community.
    • Be uniquely prepared for post-baccalaureate careers, advanced degrees, and professional programs.

    Contact

    Ann Aguanno, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biology, Chair Dept. of Natural Sciences,
    Biology Post-Bac Program Coordinator
    She/Her/Hers
    aaguanno@mmm.edu
    (212) 774-4838

    Program Highlights

    Matthew Lundquist, Ph.D. working over Zoom with a research student
    Many students pursue independent research experiences in our on-campus labs, exploring areas of urban ecology, ocean biogeochemistry, the connection between Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and so much more. 
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    Our students intern at renowned NYC biomedical facilities, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Columbia University, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Rockefeller University, and more.

    Student in Bio Lab

    Students can build different skill sets through peer advising, tutoring, and assisting in the preparation and execution of laboratory courses. In addition, our students maintain an active Student Chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

    • My experience at MMC challenged me not only to study the basic sciences in a typical linear sequence, but rather to integrate coursework in sociology, language, and philosophy into the Biology major courses.

      Zach Barbati ’10

      Class of 2010, Major in Biology

      Meet Zach
    • Through research lab with Prof. Ann Aguanno at MMC, I was able to gain first-hand experience collecting data and conversing with professionals that could only be achieved in a small school. Dr. Aguanno’s lab allowed me to have a close relationship with my mentors and work on a professional level that gave me the background to transition to a career in research at Rockefeller University and actively contribute to the molecular understanding of many neurological diseases.

      Kevin Mora ’19

      Class of 2019, Major in Biology

      Meet Kevin
    • I graduated in May 2020 and was hired by Columbia University Irving Medical Center as a Research Technician in the Department of Neurosurgery. I am looking forward to learning more about science in a clinical setting to prepare me for my future endeavors, and I am thankful for the faculty in MMC’sNatural Sciences Department for preparing me for this experience!

      Julia Furnari ’20

      Class of 2020, Major in Biology

      Meet Julia
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    Career Outcomes

    Our alumni go on to a diverse array of careers and graduate programs. Here are some examples.

    Careers and graduate studies

    • Medical Doctor
    • Research Technician
    • Research Scientist
    • Doctor of Osteopathy
    • Environmental Attorney
    • Pharm.D.
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Physician’s Assistant
    • Laboratory Technician, and more!

    Employers

    • Weill Cornell Medicine
    • Mount Sinai Health
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    • Hospital for Special Surgery
    • Columbia University Medical Center
    • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
    • Houston Methodist Research Institute
    • Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital
    • Pediatric Ophthalmic Consultants, and more!

    Take A Tour of the Natural Sciences Department

    Students Elizabeth Scott ’21 and Jade Johnsamson ’22 take you on a virtual tour of the labs and classrooms that make up the Natural Sciences Department. See how our facilities and small class sizes give you exceptional hands-on lab experience.

    Take a virtual tour of MMC’s Science labs

    Start your journey today.

    Learn more about the application process, take a virtual tour, and chat with current students right from the comfort of your home.
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