2020-2021 Catalog

Biomedical Sciences

The Biomedical Sciences major is an interdisciplinary program combining core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology and sociology. Students study the sciences from a life-oriented perspective and develop the scientific proficiency necessary for a career in a variety of health professions. The curriculum provides the prerequisites to enter medical, veterinary and other allied health professional schools after graduation. The courseload allows students to double-major or minor in other fields of interest. In particular the curriculum is designed for pre-medical students and provides all the coursework necessary to apply to medical school. The core curriculum can be tailored in consultation with faculty in the Department of Natural Sciences for students wishing to enter other allied health fields or health-related employment after graduation. Participation in basic or clinical research is encouraged in preparation for post-baccalaureate study. An optional Thesis Track is available to Biomedical Sciences majors who conduct research over multiple semesters. Students choosing this option will graduate with honors in the major.

Successful completion of the thesis track will be noted on the student’s transcript.


Division: Sciences
Division Office: Carson Hall 706
Phone: 212-774-0725
Division Chair: Benedetta Sampoli Benitez, Ph.D.
Division Assistant: TBD

Faculty: Faculty from various Departments teach courses in the Biomedical Sciences major.

Benedetta A. Sampoli Benitez

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chair, Division of Sciences

Pre-Health Advisor

B.S. & M.S., University of Florence, Italy

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Carson Hall 706L

Phone: 212-517-0653


Ann Aguanno

Professor of Biology

Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

Coordinator, Biology Post-Bac Program

B.A., SUNY, Buffalo

M.S. & Ph.D., New York University

Carson Hall 603

Phone: 212-774-4838


Alessandra Leri

Professor of Chemistry

Coordinator, Urban and Environmental Sustainability Program

B.S., College of William and Mary

M.A., University of Virginia

Ph.D., Princeton University

Carson Hall 603

Phone: 212-517-0661