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.
An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system, this course explores the basic functions of neurons and synapses as well as neural mechanisms of sensation.
The goal of the course is to gain an understanding of the unique properties of microbes that enable their persistence and diversification.
In this course, through lectures and readings from the primary literature, we will explore the microevolutionary mechanisms of change, and their connection to large-scale macroevolutionary patterns and diversity.
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