Biology Major & Minor

To study biology is to explore the extraordinary diversity of life – from molecules to ecosystems.  Hartwick’s high-quality biology program demands much of its students, but it gives back even more:

  • Small classes and personal attention
  • Real research experience in the lab and field
  • State-of-the-art scientific equipment
  • Award-winning faculty with diverse expertise
  • Opportunities to present at conferences and publish research in scientific journals
  • Study-abroad in Madagascar, Thailand, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and more.

Where degrees in biology can take you.

A major in biology prepares students for a broad range of future career paths.

These include jobs in applied research and technical work, graduate training in biology, and professional study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, and other pre-allied health fields.

A closer look.

The Hartwick biology program uses research as a teaching tool to help students become broadly-trained biologists. The program provides a background in the main disciplines: anatomy, physiology, genetics, developmental biology, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, microscopy, neurobiology, zoology, botany, conservation biology, ecology, and evolution.

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick students conduct research with their faculty. Students have co-authored articles published in leading scientific journals, including Science, one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world.

Majors use computer interfaces for real-time data acquisition with a range of instrumentation, including scanning and transmission electron microscopes, computer-assisted image-analysis workstations, and phase contrast and fluorescence microscopes.

Putting biology to work.

Hartwick’s biology graduates go on to careers in academia, medicine, pharmaceuticals, dentistry, and many other health-related professions, and to further study at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • John Wayne Cancer Institute
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Field Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of Chicago
  • New York Blood Center
  • The Department of Dermatology at Oregon Health and Science University
  • The Biodiversity Group
  • Seacamp
  • Sacred Heart University

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Harvard Medical School
  • Yale University
  • Cornell University
  • The College of William and Mary
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Johns Hopkins University

Meet the biology faculty

Hartwick’s expert biology faculty are on the cutting edge of research. What’s more, they’re involving students in their scholarship every day. Students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Mary Allen
Professor, Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of focus:
microbiology, microbial ecology
Eric Cooper
Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of focus:
molecular and cell biology, immunology
Allen Crooker
Professor, Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of focus:
entomology, pathology, neurobiology, microscopy
Peter Fauth
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University
Areas of focus:
avian ecology, conservation biology
Douglas Hamilton
Professor, Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of focus:
molecular plant biology
Mark Kuhlmann
Professor, Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of focus:
marine and aquatic biology
Laura Malloy
Professor, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Areas of focus:
cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, women in science
A.J. Russo
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Areas of focus:
anatomy and physiology, experimental pathology, immunology and pathophysiology
Stanley Sessions
Professor, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Areas of focus:
evolutionary and developmental biology, cytogenetics
Linda Swift
Professor, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Areas of focus:
animal physiology, ethnopharmacology
Munir S. Syed
Visiting Assistant Professor, M.B., B.S., University of Peshawar; M. Phil., University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Areas of focus:
medical microbiology, clinical pathophysiology

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick biology experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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