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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

Billy Fitzpatrick '20

Holy Cross Student Summer: Billy Fitzpatrick ’20

Aug 24, 2020

Billy Fitzpatrick ’20 Summer Plans: Research Associate Hometown: Westfield, New Jersey Major: Economics Summer Plans Two prominent nonprofit organizations in Worcester — United Way (Central Massachusetts) and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation — organized in mid-March to form a coalition …

Fulbright Scholars

Six Holy Cross Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Aug 14, 2020

Six members of the Class of 2020 have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach or conduct research abroad during the 2020-21 academic year. This year’s recipients are headed to Germany, the Czech Republic, India and Malaysia. The Fulbright Program, sponsored …