Biology Department Overview

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.


The mission of the Biology Department at Hartwick College is to provide students with the opportunity to explore life, from the smallest atoms to the largest ecosystems, within the tradition of the Liberal Arts. We are committed to excellence in our teaching and to giving our students “hands-on” training in Biology.

The Biology Department is committed to helping students acquire: knowledge of basic facts and theories in biology; ability to interpret biological knowledge critically; skills associated with hands-on research, and; ability to communicate their understanding of biology to others both within and outside of the field.

Exciting Student Outcomes


Agricultural Entrepreneurship Internship at Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, England
Payten Seiler ’22

Medical Internship, District Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Felicia Omoya ’23

Plant Propagation Internship, The Fernery Native Plant Nusery, Hartwick, New York
Julie Mazariego ’23

Graduate/Professional Schools

University of South Carolina, Athletic Training, Master of Science
Vandia Williams ’22

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York, Ph.D.
Kennedy Humphrey ’22

Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, Ph.D.
Caleb Mallery ’22

Lock Haven University, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Health Science
Hailey Scwhwartzmier ’21


Research Technician, Department of Regenerative and Cancer Cell Biology at Albany Medical College, New York
Lauryn Pianelli ’22

Ready to learn what it takes to complete a biology major or minor?

Review all the requirements in the College Catalog.

Our courses include: microbiology, immunology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, ecology, animal behavior, and bioinformatics.

We offer small class sizes, innovated teaching, and research-centered instruction, even in our introductory classes.

Review the current course offerings in the College Catalog.

Biology Courses

Special Opportunities

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.

More About Special Opportunities


Peter Fauth

Professor of Biology and Department Chair

Mary Allen

Professor of Biology

Mark Kuhlmann

Professor of Biology

Eric Cooper

Associate Professor of Biology

Stephanie Carr

Associate Professor of Biology

Aryn M. Rowsam

Assistant Professor of Biology

Alvin Sullivan

Technical Specialist in Biology

Still Have Questions?

Contact Dr. Peter Fauth, Professor & Department Chair