Biology Department

If the world of science beckons you, you’ll discover the way forward with our Biology Department.

Whether you want to focus on research and cutting-edge discoveries, support conservation, go on to attend medical school or carve out your own career path, your journey starts here.

You will learn the foundations of biology and be pushed to think outside the box, pioneering concepts and ideas that will take the field further.

You will learn alongside faculty mentors who are active scientists and find a world of opportunities where you can put what you learn in the classroom into action by providing hands-on support for research studies.

You will learn that the next great scientific break-through starts with an idea.

Iona University Biology Major Creates an Innovative Way to Clean Carbon Dioxide from the Air

Lazar Paroški ’25 won first place in the 2023 New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) for his invention “Algea3,” a multifunctional park bench that can effectively clean the air in urban environments with limited green space. The NYBPC is an intercollegiate entrepreneurship contest that comes with a top prize of $10,000.

Read More about Lazar's Accomplishment

Lazar Paroški ’25

What is it like to be a Biology Intern?

Are you wondering what it’s like to be a biology intern at Iona University? Let Shakinah Silverberg from the Class of 2024 show you around!

Shakinah is an aspiring veterinarian with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. When asked why she chose Iona, she had this to say:

"I decided to attend Iona because I wanted to go to a school where I felt like I mattered. At Iona, I always felt like I did."

Read more about Shakinah's Iona experience

Dr. Kang Discusses Biology Programs at Iona

In this video, Dr. Kang outlines the four concentrations students can choose from in the Biology (BS) program as well as the Biology Minor. She also discusses the Biology Department’s affiliation with the neuroscience, public health and environmental studies programs.

Biology Labs at Iona

Our biology labs teach students the value of experimentation and exploration. You will learn alongside your fellow students from professors invested in your success and who are eager to see you meet and surpass your potential.

Students learn at the virtual dissection table.
A student in a green shirt looks into a microscope during Biology class.
A biology professor helps a student use biology equipment.
Biology students learn with models of human skulls.

Mission & Student Outcomes


The mission of the Biology Department is to provide students with a strong foundation in biology and to prepare them to become thoughtful, ethical, and skilled scientists, capable of pursuing a diversity of careers.
(Revised, January 2013)

Student Outcomes

Students who have successfully graduated from Iona University with a degree in Biology or Environmental Science will be able to:

  1. understand and apply the scientific method
  2. demonstrate basic laboratory skills needed for experimentation.
  3. effectively communicate scientific ideas as professionals in the field.
  4. think as (ethical) scientists, being able to critically analyze data and determine the value of the data.
  5. demonstrate a knowledge base of fundamental biological concept

Contact Us

Biology Department

David Zuckerman, Ph.D.
Department Chair

(914) 633-2689


A student studying neuroscience holds a model of a brain while sitting in a desk in the classroom.