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.
Summer Research Opportunities
Biology Faculty Openings
The Biology Department is currently conducting searches for two faculty positions, one in the area of Biochemistry and one in the area of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology. Both openings are tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor to start in fall 2020. Please see the link below for more information.
Biology Department Showcase
On Saturday, September 14th, the Biology department will host a Department Showcase. Come by to talk with students doing research in the department, meet faculty, eat some snacks, and learn about the fascinating research happening in the Biology department! There will be two sessions, one 11:00 a.m. to noon and the other 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can find us by the spiral staircase on the 2nd and 3rd floor of B-wing in the Science Center.
On Saturday, September 14th, the Biology department will be hosting the annual BioBlitz event, at the Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary, followed by the Department Showcase. Come by to meet our faculty, eat some snacks, and learn about the fascinating projects happening here at the Biology department! The Bioblitz will run from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, preceded and followed by the Department Showcase, which will have two sessions, one 11:00 a.m. to noon and the other 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
This course examines animal behavior from both a mechanistic and a functional perspective, drawing upon examples from a diverse range of taxa and using articles from the primary scientific literature.
Seminar in Behavioral Ecology
This course will explore the relationship between an animal's behavior and its social and ecological context, specifically the evolution of sexual dimorphism in animals.
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