Biology Major & Minor

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

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.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Agricultural & Food Science Technicians
  • Biological Technicians
  • High School Teachers
  • Zoologists/Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist/Specialist
  • Physical Therapists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Medical Doctors


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biological technicians is expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 8,400 job openings in the next decade. Additionally, employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. (U.S. BLS)



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
  • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • 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
  • Washington University in St. Louis

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.

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, neurobiology, zoology, botany, conservation biology, ecology, and evolution.

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, the Bahamas, and more.

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.

Mary Allen
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of expertise:
general microbiology, allied-health microbiology, microbial ecology, microbiology education
Stephanie Carr '06
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines
Areas of expertise:
geomicrobiology, bioinformatics, subsurface microbiology
Christopher Collins
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., SUNY Albany
Areas of expertise:
mammalogy, disease ecology, anatomy & physiology
Eric Cooper
Associate 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:
anatomy & physiology, neurobiology, entomology, electron microscopy, heavy metal pathology
Peter Fauth
Professor and Department Chair of Biology
Ph.D., Purdue University
Areas of expertise:
conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, ornithology
Joshua Garrett
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Albany Medical College
Areas of expertise:
anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular physiology, endothelial barrier function, angiogenesis
Douglas Hamilton
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise:
plant molecular biology, plant growth and development, control of gene expression in developing pollen, microbial communities, fungal identification
Mark Kuhlmann
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of expertise:
marine and freshwater biology, behavioral ecology, community ecology
Linda Swift
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Areas of expertise:
medical physiology, medicinal plants, Asian village malnutrition

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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