Life and Physical Science meet in the Department

The Department of Natural Sciences is home to faculty from the areas of life science (biology and environmental science), chemistry, and physics. With research topics including oyster restoration, biofluorescence, cancer treatment, drug synthesis, and high energy physics, our faculty members often conduct interdisciplinary research that crosses the boundary between these areas and other departments on campus. For example, members from multiple areas in the department contribute to Baruch's Environmental Biology and Sustainablity Research Group.

Students work local conservation group in NYC Park

Students in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development work with NYC Parks and a local environmental group on a restoration project. Photo by Mitch Waxman.


Majors, Minors, and Course Information

The Department houses the Biological Sciences major and minors in Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Sustainability (in collaboration with other departments in the Weissman School for Arts and Science and the Zicklin School of business), as well as an ad hoc major in the Natural Sciences and a Natural Sciences minor that can be designed to address specific intellectual interests or career objectives.  Through experiences that occur in and out of the classroom, the Department strives to provide educational and research experiences that are rich with opportunities and challenges and that foster an understanding of the scientific method of learning.  Students benefit from small class sizes and courses that take advantage of natural and historical sites throughout the city. Check out the Student Research Opportunities Page for chances to get engaged outside of the classroom.

Our programs and courses prepare students for entry into professional schools of medicine, dentistry, and other health care fields.  The Department has an active Biomed Society that focuses on helping students learn more about medical professions, network with local groups, and navigate the professional school application process.  Check here for more information on department recommendation for students interested in professional school.  Also, check here for information on acceptance rates and a list of medical and dental schools our students attend. 

We also prepare students for graduate study in the natural sciences or their teaching and provide a space for non-major students to grow in scientific literacy and understanding of the natural world as part of their Baruch education.  Our faculty also accept graduate students through the CUNY Graduate School programs in Physics, Biology, and Chemistry.

Students interested in puruing majors, minors, or classes within the department should contact Sonia Donaldson in the Department offices, located in room 920 of the 17 Lexington Avenue Building. Students interesting in graduate studies should contact potenial mentors directly.

Updates and Recent Accolades

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17 Lexington Avenue
Phone: 646-660-6200
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