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.
Adaptation and the Organism
Relate and compare characteristics of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria, examining how and why these organisms have arrived at various solutions to life's problems. .
Apply the principles to the study of infectious diseases in natural populations, focusing on deriving important questions and the variety of approaches to address them.
Molecular Genetics W/Lab
A study of the molecular mechanisms underlying the transmission and expression of genes. DNA replication and recombination, RNA synthesis and processing, and protein synthesis and modification will be examined.
Biology Prizes & Awards
Each year we award a number of Fellowships and Prizes to students. We solicit proposals every March.
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.Read more