We offer courses for students with career interests in biology, and for students who are not majoring in science but who wish to study modern biology as part of a liberal arts education. If you’d like to learn more about Biology at Amherst, please check out the section menu items and also visit the About the Department and About the Major webpages.

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Biology Prizes & Awards

Each year we award a number of Fellowships and Prizes to students. We solicit proposals every March.

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Microbotryum on Dianthus
This graphic, provided by Professor Hood, features a plot of mating type chromosomes of the fungus.

Fungal Model to Shed New Light on Human DNA

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Professor Michael Hood a $444,651 grant to investigate the problem of chromosome degeneration.

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