Biology

Amherst Biology students and faculty are engaged in inquiry that spans various levels of organization in the living world, from the molecular and cellular to the ecological and evolutionary.

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.

Student with a flower

Biology Prizes & Awards

Each year we award a number of prizes to students. We solicit proposals every April. 

Featured Article

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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