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Biology

Developing an informed understanding of the living world is an important aspect of a liberal arts education. The department offers a diverse array of courses that cover the major sub-disciplines of biology — the study of life and living organisms. These courses also explore the implications of modern biology for various social and ethical issues.

Biology at Holy Cross has an exceptional tradition. A high percentage of department graduates each year go on to receive advanced degrees in various areas of biology and the biomedical sciences. Classes are small and students receive individual attention from faculty members who are dedicated teachers and active scholars. Teaching approaches span from traditional lecture to discovery-oriented learning, and expose students to the use of state-of-the-art equipment in teaching and research labs. Students have opportunities to supplement coursework with research positions on campus, throughout the U.S. or overseas. They frequently co-author papers with faculty mentors and participate in presentations at regional, national, and international scientific meetings.

Program Highlights

The biology department is supported by faculty members with broad research interests, who are active scholars, and who guide students in the development of their academic plan of study. Fields of study include:
  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Ecological, evolutionary and organismal biology
  • Geology
 
Numerous opportunities exist that expose students to the ideas, methods and ethics of scientific research.
Explore study abroad and study away options, including opportunities to study at sea and in the tropics.
Connect with other majors and engage the broader campus community on aspects of biology.

Biology News

How Do Warmer Oceans Affect Sea Life?

Jul 10, 2017

What do sea stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins have to do with global warming? Quite a bit, says Justin McAlister, assistant professor of biology, when you consider that these creatures’ homes — the earth’s oceans — cover more than two-thirds …

Reunion Turns Romantic for Happy Couples

Jun 8, 2017

They said yes! As if reunion wasn’t already enough of a party, two romantics seized the chance to pop the question last weekend. After eight years of dating – four of which were on The Hill – Harry Chiu ’12 …

Holy Cross Produces Thirteen Fulbright Scholars

May 3, 2017

Twelve members of the Class of 2017 and one member of the Class of 2016 have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world during the 2017-18 academic year. Since 2005, Holy Cross students have received …