Why Hartwick?

Interested in healthcare, bench science, or environmental conservation? Ready to make a difference as a physician, an educator, or a researcher? Want to gain research experience before you even apply to grad school? Hartwick is ready for you.

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Real-world experience is at the core of Hartwick’s Biology program. Get into our Center for Craft Food & Beverage labs, apply for an opportunity to assist accomplished alumni in their labs, or ask to work alongside one of your professors on their National Science Foundation-funded research. You’ll complete a research-based senior thesis, present your findings at our Showcase or a research symposium, then publish in the department’s online Journal of Biological Research. Work hard, show what you’re made of, and you may get to co-author a professional paper with your Faculty Mentor and present at a national conference.

Small classes, challenging research projects, and an impressive array of laboratory equipment allow you to develop the practical skills of analytics and identification as you become familiar with the tools of your career. Phase-contrast, fluorescence, and electron microscopes; equipment for genetic engineering, cloning, and immunology; even a lab devoted to collected tissue cultures – it’s all ready for you right here on the Hartwick campus.

Hartwick students studying tidal pool on beach in the Bahamas

Your Flightpath will begin with a broad introduction to the core concepts of biology, from physiology to ecology evolution, allowing you to master the basic principles before you, your Faculty Mentor, and Success Coach refine your focus.

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Hartwick will help change your view of the world and your place in it. Our short-term J Term study abroad courses might take you to Portugal for an interdisciplinary study of the microbiology of food, or to the Bahamas to examine the biogeography of marine animal and plant life. Research assistantships give you advanced work experience that will build your Digital Resume and set you apart as a graduate school or job candidate.

Take your research to the next level and test your career aspirations with funding from one of our Emerson International Research grants. These are competitive opportunities that will greatly increase both your understanding of this complex discipline and your post-graduate career options.


From the beginning of your Hartwick journey, you’ll balance textbook learning with lab and field research. Working alongside your Faculty Mentors will prepare you for the collaborative partnerships in any advanced field of science. Our multidisciplinary approach will allow you to try many lines of inquiry before selecting your focus.


Autumn Pope ’23 and Professor Stephanie Carr ’06, PhD, clicked even before Pope enrolled. “I visited Hartwick on Accepted Students Day and went straight to Johnstone Science Center,” says Pope, who comes from Mount Vision, NY. “Dr. Carr showed me around and we talked about my interests and hers. Now I’m on her research team and she’s helped put me on a path.”


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

Assistant Professor of Biology

Joshua Garrett

Assistant Professor of Biology

Aryn M. Rowsam

Assistant Professor of Biology

Alvin Sullivan

Technical Specialist in Biology

Where Will A Hartwick Biology Degree Take You?


Like Kayla Murphy ’14, PhD, who is now a postdoc studying neuropathic pain and multiple sclerosis at the University of Pittsburgh. She gained invaluable experience as an undergraduate when Biology Professor Stan Sessions recommended her for an extraordinary opportunity doing fibrotic disease research with Louise Hecker ’00, PhD, then at the University of Alabama. Kayla double majored in political science at Hartwick and earned her doctorate from Drexel University.


Like Bailey O’Donnell ‘17, who just graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and is beginning her residency in pediatrics at Maine Medical Center. A John Christopher Hartwick Scholar, Bailey balanced the stress of pre-med by taking a Psychology in Hawaii J Term course and raising a puppy on campus for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and volunteering for the local hospice.


Like Gavin Jenkins ’15, a biology major and with minors in psychology and religious studies, who is now a Distributor Relationship Manager at Eisco Scientific. He was named a John Christopher Hartwick Scholar, ran cross country, and earned his master’s from the University of Rochester. Gavin married his college sweetheart, Krista Poore, also a biology major and JCH Scholar.

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