Department of Biology


The Department of Biology provides opportunities for a superior biological education at the BS and MS levels, contributes to knowledge through research and scholarship, and graduates well-educated student citizens.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BS Biology (General, Ecology, Physiology and Behavior, and Pre-Medical Professions)
  • BS in Biotechnology
  • Minor in Biology
  • MS in Biotechnology
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-professional Program

Students majoring in biology or biotechnology may continue their education in professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, physician's assistant, and physical therapy) schools, graduate schools (MS or PhD) in a variety of fields (e.g., animal physiology, molecular biology, botany, biochemistry, genetics, behavior genetics, ecology, microbiology, and neuroscience), or certification programs (e.g., medical technologist, ultrasound technician, and respiratory therapist) . Graduates can also directly obtain employment in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and biomedical industries, food and cosmetic industries, hospitals and clinical environments, university and government laboratories, federal, state, and local government agencies, and environmental firms. Some examples of positions include research and development, quality control, assessment and testing, research technicians and laboratory assistants, naturalists, park rangers, and positions in sales and administration. There are also many career opportunities in K-12 teaching.


Department Spotlight


Julia Macdonald '17 Located and tracked a declining population of bats in the woods of High Mountain Park Preserve for her honors thesis, which was presented at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference.