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Biology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #6 (BCR) Manhattan, NY, United States
The Biology department at Columbia University offers broad training in basic biological disciplines, with an emphasis in cell and molecular biology. 
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Overview

Overview

Biology students at Columbia University have many opportunities to participate in ongoing projects in research laboratories. All the biology-related majors require one year of introductory biology, plus additional courses as detailed in the major requirements and listed on the websites provided above.

For the first term of their introductory biology sequence, students may take either BIOL UN2005 Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology, which has a prerequisite of chemistry, or EEEB UN2001 Environmental Biology I: Elements to Organisms, which does not require chemistry. EEEB UN2001 Environmental Biology I: Elements to Organisms may be taken in the first year.

BIOL UN2005 Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology should be taken later, after general chemistry. For more details, see Introductory Courses under Requirements—Major in Biology. All students interested in biology are encouraged to take BIOL UN1908 First-Year Seminar in Modern Biology in the fall semester of their first year.

Premedical students should consult with their advising dean or the preprofessional office for relevant details of medical school requirements. Students interested in graduate school should consult the biology career adviser, Dr. Chloe Bulinski.

Nonscience majors who wish to take a biology course to fulfill the science requirement are encouraged to take BIOL UN1130 Genes and Development. They may also take, with the instructor’s permission, BIOL UN3208 Introduction to Evolutionary Biology or EEEB UN2001 Environmental Biology I: Elements to Organisms.

Interested students should consult listings in other departments for courses related to biology. For courses in environmental studies, see listings for Earth and environmental sciences or for ecology, evolution, and environmental biology. For courses in human evolution, see listings for anthropology or for ecology, evolution, and environmental biology. For courses in the history of evolution, see listings for history and for philosophy of science. For a list of courses in computational biology and genomics,

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • First-Year Seminar in Modern Biology 
  • Introductory Biology : Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology 
  • Contemporary Biology : Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology 
  • Contemporary Biology Laboratory 
  • Neurobiology : Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 
  • Physiology 
  • Developmental Biology 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Cellular and Molecular Immunology 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Autobiographical information
  • Lists and descriptions of a student’s achievements, activities, employment and summer activities
  • Personal essay
  • An official high school transcript from all high schools attended
  • One high school counselor’s recommendation and school profile
  • The completed Mid-Year Report
  • SAT or ACT
  • Applicants may self-report their scores
  • Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    58920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29460 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    58920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29460 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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