Biology Bachelor of Arts • Bachelor of Science
In the Department of Biology, the emphasis we place on personal attention and close interaction between faculty and student provides our majors with a solid core of learning and preparation within biology as well as mathematics, physics and chemistry. Experiential learning is key, and we encourage every student to pursue hands-on field and laboratory experiences, opportunities to participate in faculty-student collaborative research, travel courses, professional conferences, community service, and professional practicum training.
Within six months of graduating, 89 percent of our grads find placement in graduate school or a career in their chosen field.
Get your hands dirty in the department-owned Jean B. and J. Douglas James Ecological and Wildlife Preserve, a 35-acre forest and wetland habitat.
Study in our new Orris C. Hirtzel & Beatrice Dewey Hirtzel DNA Sequencing Center, which features two DNA sequencers allowing for the rapid and robust amplification of DNA sequences from any organism.
Are you amazed by the diversity of life on Earth? In this course, you’ll study this as well as the interaction between organisms and their environments, and mechanisms of evolutionary change through labs, fieldwork, and scientific reading and writing.
Take a closer look at heredity and variation by examining genes through their patterns of inheritance, their composition, the processes by which they are transcribed, translated and modified into functional proteins, and the mechanisms by which they are regulated.
Fascinated with the mechanisms by which the human body functions? Students have the opportunity to examine them by collecting and analyzing data from their own bodies to learn concepts discussed in lectures.
We emphasize experiential learning as part of our curriculum so students can gain experience through job shadowing, internships, volunteering, and entry-level employment.
Don’t just learn from a classroom—escape to exotic locations and take advantage of opportunities like the biannual tropical marine biology trip to the Caribbean islands.
Capstone projects require each senior bio major to conduct their own research, with help from a faculty member, to present at the end of their senior year.