Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Biology

Overview
In order to meet the needs and interests of students within this diverse field, the biology curriculum at Bard is designed to be flexible. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisers to design a personal curriculum that covers requirements for advanced study and satisfies varied interests (biochemical, molecular, ecological) and approaches (laboratory-based, field-based, computational). Students are also encouraged to gain additional expertise in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or computer science to prepare for the interdisciplinary nature of modern biological research. Bard’s laboratory facilities, field station, and relationship with the Rockefeller University allow students to undertake sophisticated Senior Projects in a wide variety of areas. Funds for summer research are available on a competitive basis.

Requirements
In addition to the college-wide distribution requirements, First-Year Seminar, and Citizen Science, biology majors must complete a Senior Project of original scientific research; at least 6 credits of 100-level course work (from among courses numbered above 140); Biology 201, Genetics and Evolution; Biology 202, Ecology and Evolution; Biology 244, Biostatistics; two courses outside of the biology program within the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and a minimum of four additional elective courses in biology, two of which must be laboratory courses, and two of which must be 2-credit 400-level seminar courses.

Recent Senior Projects in Biology

  • “The effects of global change factors on American grasslands”
  • “Effects of sensory stimulation on the temporal intrinsic tuning of neurons: A dynamic clamp study in Xenopus tadpoles”
  • “Examining the effects of obesity phenotypes across generations of Danio rerio
  • “Influence of a waterway on the microbial colonization of riparian vegetation”
Facilities
In addition to the laboratories and “smart” classrooms in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation, biology equipment includes standard PCR machines, a Real-Time PCR machine, tissue culture facilities, growth chambers, two fluorescence microscopes, a confocal microscope, and a wide variety of ecology field equipment. Biology students may also use the facilities of the Bard College Field Station, which is located on the Hudson River and affords access to freshwater tidal marshes, swamps, and shallows; perennial and intermittent streams; and young and old deciduous and coniferous forests, among other habitats.

Courses
Elective courses in biology cover a variety of topics, including ecology, animal physiology, neurobiology, microbiology, cell biology, virology, genomics, and cancer biology. Upper College courses emphasize exposure to experimental techniques, examination of the primary literature, and written and oral presentation of scientific material.

Program Website:

http://biology.bard.edu

Program Director: Felicia Keesing
Phone: 845-758-2331
E-mail: keesing@bard.edu

Faculty:

Heather L. Bennett
Cathy Collins
M. Elias Dueker
Brooke Jude
Felicia Keesing
Arseny Khakhalin
William T. Maple
Gabriel G. Perron
Bruce Robertson
Michael Tibbetts

Staff:

Megan Karcher
Maureen O'Callaghan-Scholl
Amy Savage