Department: Biological Sciences


The Department of Biological Sciences has graduate and post-graduate research programs in molecular and cell biology, cancer biology, molecular and developmental genetics, and molecular neuroscience. Students may obtain the MA from Hunter College and/or the PhD jointly from Hunter College and the City University Graduate Center. The doctoral program is designed to prepare students to cope with the radical changes in direction and experimental approaches that will characterize future developments in biology, as well as to train highly qualified research scientists who are fully equipped to teach and to direct research in a wide variety of university and industry programs in the biological sciences.

Faculty of the department are pursuing projects in the forefront of modern research. In addition to the individual research laboratories, a number of shared facilities are housed in the department. They include transmission and scanning electron microscopes, a bioinformatics and sequencing facility equipped with an Illumina MiSeq and Oxford Nanopore Minion sequencers, an Agilent Electrophoresis Bioanalyzer and a Galaxy Web accessible Bioinformatics Platform  all supported by a high performance computing cluster, a bioimaging facility, a fluorescence-activated cell sorter and a biopreparation facility. Several facilities are available through the chemistry department, including X-ray diffraction, NMR, mass spectroscopy and biomolecular computation. Shared modern animal facilities are also available.

What can I do with my degree in Biological Sciences?

A degree in the Biological Sciences opens up many career pathways. Biology graduates go on to complete graduate (MS, PhD, or MD/PhD) and professional degrees (MD, DO, DDS, DVM, OD, PharmD, etc), work in the biotech industry, education, in wildlife management, as a government scientist, or in a variety of other rewarding careers.  The biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries are among the largest in the U.S. and there is great demand for professionals with biotechnology expertise.  Graduates are prepared for careers in research science positions, regulation of drug approval and other biotechnology applications, management positions in the biotechnology industry, and positions at law firms in the biotechnology area.

Programs and Courses

Graduate Doctorate

• Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences

Master’s Programs

• Biological Sciences - MA

• Biochemistry - MA  

• Adolescent Biology - MA / Advanced Certificate

Administration and Faculty


Ben Ortiz
68th Street North 800A

Department Office:

927 North
(212) 772-5293
Fax: (212) 772 5227

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM