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Academics Overview

The Department of Biology offers the following programs:

Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Science is intended for students wishing to study biology, enter medical school, attend a graduate program in the sciences, or get started in research. The undergraduate minor is intended for students with an interest in Biology, but only enough time to complete a few courses.

Learn more about the undergraduate program

Coterminal Master's Program

The coterm program is intended for current Stanford undergraduates with an interest in simultaneously obtaining a Master's degree in Biology.

Learn more about the coterm program

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program is intended for students who have a Bachelor's and/or Master's degree and seek an advanced degree in the field of Biology.

Learn more about the Ph.D. program

Student Services Offce 

Mission Statement: The Biology Student Services Office partners with university and department faculty and staff to empower students along their educational journeys.  Our core values include inclusivity, advocacy, accountability, and integrity. 

If you still have questions after reviewing the information on this website, feel free to visit the Student Services Office in Gilbert 108. Open office hours are typically Monday-Friday 9am-12pm and 1-4:30pm.  Specific staff contacts are listed below:

  • For questions about the undergraduate major, minor or undergraduate research and honors, contact Teri Hankes.
  • For questions about the PhD program or Coterminal MS program, contact Vanessa Sutter.
  • For questions about Teaching Assistantships, Postdoctoral Scholar policies, and Visiting Student Researchers, contact Samantha Schwartz.