Bachelor’s in Biology

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Introduction to the Program

Biology at NYU Shanghai is a four-year program for international students taught in English. The Biology curriculum aims to produce scientists with inquisitive minds who are self-reliant and who seek a high quality of information about how the natural world works.


About the Program

Biology is concerned with the workings of life in all its varied forms. Over the past few decades, the life sciences have been revolutionized by the development of molecular, cellular, genomic, and bioinformatics techniques that are now being utilized to study fundamental processes in organisms as well as applying this information to improve human health, enhance rational management of our environment, develop forensic science, and augment the production of renewable energy with the concomitant sequestering of pollutants, as well as approach ethical and legal issues that impinge on biological discoveries and their applications.

Building on the foundational science courses in chemistry, physics, biology, students in the Biology major learns to use the contemporary tools and approaches that are available to solve problems in areas of the current life sciences. In developing the major, we are first focusing on covering the essential “pillars of biological concepts”: molecular and cellular biology, genetics, and evolution. We also ensure that students are trained in modern methods of quantitative and computational analysis. The major is structured that students can take a diversity of upper-level courses upon completion of the core courses. These intermediate and advanced courses provide a broad and intensive background in modern biology for those interested in careers in research, health-related fields, biotechnology, and education, among others. The biology major allows students to pursue independent research that could lead to an undergraduate thesis.

The Biology program at NYU Shanghai has strong interactive ties with the Department of Biology and the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU in New York, and the Biology program at NYU Abu Dhabi, as well as with other laboratories across the NYU Global Network.

Required Documents

You will need to provide the following:

  • Results from standardized tests and/or national exams

    • The SAT Reasoning Test (essay test not required); or

    • The ACT (writing test not required); or

    • Three SAT Subject Test scores (one in literature or humanities, one in math or science, and one of your choosing); or

    • Three AP exam scores (one in literature or humanities, one in math or science, and one of your choosing); or

    • The International Baccalaureate Diploma; or

    • Three IB higher-level exam scores (if you are not an IB Diploma candidate); or

    • Results from a nationally accredited exam that is considered locally to signify the completion of secondary education, is administered independently of the student’s school and has been approved by the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions (the most up-to-date list of accepted examinations can be found here)

  • The Common Application School Report and official high school transcript

  • One teacher evaluation (students may submit an optional second teacher evaluation, but please submit no more than two)

  • The Common Application Mid-Year Report (This should show your first-semester senior year grades. Have your counselor submit the report by March 1 through the Common Application.)

Application Deadline

January 1

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB300,000 per year. The total for the 4-year program is 1,200,000 RMB.


To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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