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Biology

Biology: Major 

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

Michelle Mondoux, associate professor of biology, with her Biology of Aging class

First-Year Biology Course Studies the Effects of Aging

Jul 29, 2019

There’s something poetic about the youngest members of the Holy Cross community spending an entire year learning about the oldest members of society. That’s the scientific quest students undertake in Biology of Aging: Understanding and Combating Aging, a Montserrat class …

Events

Wed
Sep 18
TEP Info Session (Event canceled)
03:15 PM
STEIN 526
Wed
Oct 02
Rome Maymester "Sediments to Pediments" Info Session
04:00 PM
ONEIL 101
Tue
May 05
39th Annual Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium
09:30 AM
Hogan Center 401