Welcome to the Department of Biology

Zoom screenshot of the Biology department

Biology at Amherst College is built upon meaningful interactions between our talented students and our dedicated faculty and staff. We are dedicated to providing an equitable and inclusive enrvironment for learning and research. Please explore our site for information about our courses, the major, and our faculty’s teaching and research interests.

The Biology Department seminar series happens on Monday afternoons at 4 PM during the fall and spring semesters.

Every year the department offers a number of Fellowships for students pursuing research opportunities. Also, check out information on summer research opportunities and Amherst biology graduates.

Specific subpages in this section include:

The main department office is located in the new Science Center in room E304.

Professor Josef (Joe) Trapani (he/his) is the current Chair of the department.

Karen Racz is the Academic Department Coordinator and Shelly Martin is our Associate ADC. We also have a wonderful team of staff members that help to make Biology at Amherst Awesome!

We can be contacted at:

Department of Biology
25 East Drive, E304
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Phone: 413.542.2097

The Biology faculty posing as a group

Current and emeritus Biology faculty at a recent event on campus. February 2020.


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