Biology Major & Minor

From molecules to ecosystems, plunge into the diversity of life.

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 of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of expertise:
microbiology, microbial ecology
Eric Cooper
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise:
molecular and cell biology, immunology
Allen Crooker
Professor of Biology and Coordinator of Medical Technology
Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of expertise:
entomology, arcarology. neurophysiology
Peter Fauth
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Biology
Ph.D., Purdue University
Areas of expertise:
avian ecology, ecological monitoring, conservation biology
Douglas Hamilton
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise:
molecular plant biology
Mark Kuhlmann
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of expertise:
marine and aquatic biology
Laura Malloy
Professor, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Areas of expertise:
cardiovascular physiology, pharmacology, and women in science
A.J. Russo
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Areas of expertise:
anatomy and physiology, experimental pathology, and immunology
Stanley Sessions
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Areas of expertise:
evolution, developmental biology, and amphibian biology
Linda Swift
Professor, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Areas of expertise:
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 expertise:
medical microbiology, clinical pathophysiology, and human biology

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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