Biology is the gateway to careers in biomedical research, healthcare, epidemiology, and environmental management. To help students find their ideal career path, Hartwick offers a broad foundation in all the major sub-disciplines of biology with lots of opportunities to study in depth during research projects, internships, off-campus programs, and even study abroad. The biology program at Hartwick is challenging, but students work closely with faculty to ensure their success academically and as future professionals.
Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.
Each semester, Hartwick’s Biology Department offers courses such as microbiology, immunology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, animal development, ecology, and animal behavior. We offer small class sizes, innovated teaching, and research-centered instruction, even in our introductory classes.
Biology students at Hartwick benefit from modern facilities for learning, including research space and equipment in Johnstone Science Center and the Robert R. Smith Field Laboratory at Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus. The biology faculty members have active research programs involving students and regularly teach January-term courses in tropical countries across the globe. These opportunities give Hartwick students a distinct advantage in graduate school, professional school, or industry.
At Hartwick, biology faculty members are focused on educating students in the classroom, laboratory, and field. Each biology professor actively engages students in research and many students co-author articles and present at professional meetings with them.