Biology students and faculty at Amherst are engaged in studying how living organisms function, develop, reproduce, interact, behave, and evolve. We offer courses for students with career interests in biology, and courses for students who are not majoring in science but who wish to study modern biology as part of liberal arts education.
Close collaboration between faculty and students is a hallmark of Biology at Amherst. We have a robust departmental honors program often involving research completed during both the summer and senior year. Faculty and students frequently travel to and give presentations at national scientific conferences, and publish jointly authored articles. We also have a great track record of sending students to the best graduate and professional schools in the country.
The following sites have more detailed information about student research opportunities:
- Amherst College Summer Research Opportunities: information about the Dean of the Faculty Summer Research Program (SRP) and the Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (SURF).
- Biology Research News: brief snapshots of recent and ongoing research in the department. (Featured in the image-link at the top of the page.)
- Faculty Profiles: details faculty research interests, current Amherst College courses, and recent publications.
- Publications: lists recent publications by faculty member, with particular emphasis on those publications with Amherst College students as co-authors.
- Student Honors Research:lists of Biology Honors students' thesis titles and advisors, by class year.
- Student Job Interest Form: students often work part time as a research assistant during the academic year; submit this online form if you're interested.
- Nationwide Summer Research Opportunites: lists links and application deadlines for hundreds of summer fellowships in a variety of areas of study in Biology.