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Bard-Rockefeller Semester in Science in New York City

In this program, Bard biology majors spend an intensive semester immersed in science while living in New York City and taking advantage of its wealth of scientific resources and opportunities. Students in the program conduct original research supervised by faculty at the Rockefeller University and take courses on both the content and the contexts of scientific research. For more information, see the BRSS website.

Program in Global Public Health

Through the Global and International Studies program, biology students can undertake a second major in Global Public Health by taking a suite of courses in political studies, economics, and social dimensions of health, in addition to their coursework in biology. Students completing this program complete one senior project on a topic in biology relevant to public health.

Semester in Environmental Science at Woods Hole’s Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystem Center

In this program, students from select colleges around the nation, including Bard, spend a fall semester at the world renown Marine Biological laboratory in Woods Hole Massachusetts.  Students receive a full semester’s academic credit for the experience, which includes courses in environmental science and science writing, and an independent research project.  For more information about this program, including when and how to apply, visit the program’s web site at or contact Bill Maple in the Biology Program,

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Program

In March 2000, Bard College and Rockefeller University in New York City established a collaborative program in science. Among many joint ventures of the collaboration, Rockefeller faculty reserve places for Bard students in their Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, in which college sophomores and juniors do laboratory research and work alongside world-renowned scientists doing leading biological research in their fields. Student spend 10 weeks during the summer on The Rockefeller University campus, working on projects that have been individually tailored by faculty, postdoctoral and graduate fellows to meet student research interests.

3:2 program with the Center for Environmental Policy

Students pursuing a degree in biology at Bard can apply to enter the master's degree program of the Center for Environmental Policy after their third year. After two years of study at the Center and the completion of a master's thesis in environmental policy, students graduate with both a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in environmental policy. For further information, contact the Center for Environmental Policy.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs

Many Bard biology students conduct summer research in REU Programs at a number of institutions nationwide. These programs, which are funded by the National Science Foundation, are designed to give undergraduates the opportunity to participate in the excitement of scientific discovery. Several recent Bard students have participated in the REU program at the nearby Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a world-renowned ecological research center, located near the Bard College campus.

College Field Station

The Bard College Field Station is on the Hudson River near Tivoli South Bay and the mouth of the Saw Kill. Its location affords research and teaching access to freshwater tidal marshes, swamps and shallows, perennial and intermittent streams, young and old deciduous and coniferous forests, old and mowed fields, and other habitats. A library, herbarium, laboratories, classroom, and offices are used by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty engaged in courses, senior projects, and other research projects.

Hudsonia Ltd.

Hudsonia Ltd. is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt institute for environmental research and education. Most projects are in New York and neighboring states, but activities have ranged afield to South America, New Mexico, and Canada. Hudsonia's research library, collections, and equipment are available to the Bard community. Interns assist in project work. Current and recent studies include stream fauna and pollution, invasive wetland plants, Hudson River wetland vegetation, fish communities, the threatened Blanding's turtle, the relationship of sensitive habitats and rare species to land use, insect populations, mosquito surveillance, the human ecology of wetlands, and environmental planning for residential developments.