Biology and Society Major

Scientific search for answers to difficult questions

Biology and Society combines courses in the physical and social sciences to help students understand and analytically approach some of the most complex issues of our time—genetic engineering, medical care delivery, and the interaction of biology, ethics, and public policy.

While the Biology and Society major is offered in three of Cornell’s undergraduate colleges, those who pursue the program through the College of Human Ecology concentrate in areas unique to the college, such as human development, policy analysis and management, nutrition, or biomedical materials. In-depth training in the biological sciences is enriched by a strong foundation in the social, economic, legal, ethical, and political dimensions of biological issues. Review the curriculum (pdf).

This program prepares students for any number of careers, including, but not limited to, medicine, law and business.

The Biology and Society major is administered by the Department of Science and Technology Studies.

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Kay Obendorf
College of Human Ecology