Department of Biology
The Department of Biology offers courses which are designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in biology and biologically related fields as well as for the student who desires some general knowledge of biology. The Department also offers courses to meet the degree requirements of programs in other departments of the College.
Two degree programs are offered in the Department of Biology:
Many undergraduate research opportunities are available through the Biology Department. Students are invited to participate in the research activities of the faculty as a means of enhancing their training in the sciences and to give them a first hand experience of how new knowledge in science is obtained. Biology faculty have received research project support from various agencies, including NIH, NIGMS, NSF, NYS Dept. of Education, Department of Defense and PSC/CUNY. The department also collaborates with many other prestigious universities which provide research internships. Students have interned at various institutions including Harvard University, UMASS at Amherst, University of Virginia and SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Biology majors have also participated in fully funded international summer research programs including the University of Helsinki in Finland, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and the National University of Singapore.
The Department offers special Transfer Opportunities into Allied Health Programs at SUNY/Downstate. Students who complete a prescribed course of study at MEC are granted preferred acceptance into four SUNY/Downstate degree programs: Physician Assistant Program, Physical Therapy Program, Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program, and Occupational Therapy Program.
Students wishing to attend medical, dental, veterinary, osteopathic, chiropractic or graduate school benefit from an expert that is available to Biology majors for personalized academic advisement, research internship placement and organization of MEC-MCAT study groups. Biology majors are also invited to join and become officers of the Medgar Evers Science Association (MESA), sponsored by the Pre-professional committee.