99% of students in the School of Science are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
School of Science
Remarkably Unique Biology Programs
Marist’s Biology program, offering degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Biology, with concentrations in Human Biology or the Biological Sciences, is designed to help you take your passion and turn it into a successful, meaningful future. Our natural resources of the Hudson River and local community combined with our state-of-the-art technological resources and expert faculty create a learning environment unlike any other for our Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Human Biology students.
Learn From Accomplished Researchers in Biology
Our small class sizes allow students to develop strong professional relationships with faculty that persist beyond graduation. Even in your freshman year classes, you will never be just a number. You can expect personalized attention from all of your professors, answering questions outside of regular class time and office hours, and extra review sessions prior to major exams. Meet a few of the Biology faculty below, or view all Biology faculty members >
Having recently earned the Marist Faculty Recognition Award and an EMBL/EMBO Symposia Fellowship, Dr. Checchi focuses her research on the use genetic tools to define the contributions of higher-order chromatin structure in coordinating timely and accurate repair of DNA damage.
Having affiliations with the Phycological Society of America,the Northeast Algal Society, the International Society for Microbial Ecology, and more, Dr. Kepner’s research focuses on the microbial ecology of aquatic and polar systems; extremophiles; exobiology; bacterial and cyanobacterial viruses; protozoology; ice-covered lakes; and freshwater ecotoxicology.
Meaningful Undergraduate Research as Early as Freshman Year
While field research and faculty-student research may be reserved for graduate students at other institutions, at Marist we believe engaging in hands-on research with field experts is essential to the undergraduate learning experience. As a Marist Biology student, you’ll be conducting research in the field as early as your freshman year.
Intern at Nationally Recognized Biology and Health Institutions
As a Biology or Biomedical Sciences student at Marist, you’ll be strongly encouraged or required to complete at least one internship in your desired field. Whether you are looking for a health-related internship or a biological internship out in the field, we’ll work closely with you to determine the best internship for your future career goals. Here are just a few examples of internships our students have completed:
Top-Tier Postgraduate Opportunities
As a Marist Biology or Biomedical Sciences student, your postgraduate opportunities are endless. While many students gain immediate employment in their field in areas like biotechnology or pharmaceutical research, the majority of our graduates pursue postgraduate education to become doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists, dentists, nurses, or veterinarians. Others go on to earn doctoral or master's degrees in the biological sciences. Whatever your postgraduate goals are, you can achieve them after Marist. Here are a few examples of top-tier graduate schools that our students attend:
I’ve presented research at conferences on the impacts that different communities’ structures, including income, population density, and land use have on the amount and type of microplastics found in nearby tributaries. I’ve been really fortunate at Marist to actually get these opportunities.
Environmental Science and Policy Major, Biology MinorRead Ian's Story >
As a pre-med student, I have a very regimented course schedule, but still time to explore and do different exciting things. I even declared a minor in psychology which is something that I didn’t even know I was interested in until I got here.
Biomedical Science Major, Psychology MinorRead Joseph's Story >
The combination of science classes and involvement in the Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (CURSCA) really marked my first foray into the world of the research sciences. These experiences set me on the path to the career I have today.
Kadeine Campbell Peterson
Biology MajorRead Kadeine's Story >
I chose to transfer to Marist for several reasons, one of the most important being that Marist has such dedicated faculty and staff who really take the time to get know us as people. And, not only do you get a picturesque view of the Hudson River when you are on campus, but when I got to see the laboratories and science classrooms on campus, it really sealed the deal.
Dual Major Biomedical Science and Medical TechnologyRead Katie's Story >
Sophomore year Organic Chemistry gave me the confidence to pursue a career in science because Organic Chemistry was considered the course that would deter students from ever majoring in the sciences. Being afraid, I applied myself from the very first day, and this created the good study habits that I maintained over the rest of my college career.
Chemistry Major, Biology MinorRead Terrence's Story >
I know some people think that being in a lab is kind of stuffy and you don’t really get to know anyone, but there’s a really big group environment. It felt like I was doing something important. You don’t think that what you’re doing in undergrad might be seen by an international audience, but it can be.
Dual Major Biomedical Sciences and BiochemistryRead Carolyn's Story >
Biology at Marist by the Numbers
84.1% of Marist Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Pre-Health students are accepted to medical school, compared to the national average of 40%.
According to Data USA, the average annual wage for biology degree recipients is over $108,000 and is growing by nearly 5%.
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.