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
Research

Numerous opportunities exist that expose students to the ideas, methods and ethics of scientific research.

Off-Campus Study

Explore study abroad and study away options, including opportunities to study at sea and in the tropics.

Opportunities

Connect with other majors and engage the broader campus community on aspects of biology.

Biology News

Maggie Hartnett '23 and Professor David Karmon
Student-Generated Urban Studies Minor Debuts at Holy Cross
Maggie Hartnett '23 & faculty advisors team up to create new Urban Studies minor, which will explore themes around how we build our cities, what we do in them and how they shape us
From left to right: Jeff Reppucci '14, Madeleine Fontenay '21, Helen Conroy '21 and Emily Cook '21
Holy Cross Students, Alumnus Receive Distinguished Scholarships
The prestigious Fulbright and Knight-Hennessy scholarships showcase the talent of Holy Cross students
Stephanie Crofts, assistant professor of biology
Why Do Tiny Animals Like Spiders and Ticks Have Such a Powerful Bite? A Holy Cross Biology Professor Explains
National Geographic