Student Honors Research: 2005 - 2009

Amherst's Biology Department has a long tradition of active research by its faculty and participation of senior majors and other students in this research. Biology majors who enter the Honors Program devote about half of their academic effort during the senior year to research, and the resulting thesis is often the basis of their first scientific publication.

Seminars

Biology Department seminars, unless otherwise noted, are on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Fall 2007/Spring 2008 Course Catalog

The information below is taken from the printed catalog the college produces each year. For more up to date information, including links to course websites, faculty homepages, reserve readings, and more, use the 'courses' or semester specific link to your left.
03. The Chemical Basis of Human Physiology.

Biologist Ewald Proposes a New Theory of Disease in Plague Time

December 15, 2000Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Paul Ewald, Domenic J. Paino ’55 Professor in Global Environmental Studies (Biology) at Amherst College, has recently written Plague Time: How Stealth Infections Cause Cancers, Heart Disease, and Other Deadly Ailments ($25, 282 pp., Free Press). Ewald argues that heart disease, cancer and other chronic “modern plagues” are as much the result of viruses and bacteria as of genetics and lifestyle.

My home for the next 4 years

Union College

I will be attending Union College in Schenectady, NY this fall as a member of the class of 2011. I have too many interests to choose an intended major at this time, but I am especially interested in Biology, Eastern Relgions, and Spanish (weird combination...I know).

I also love to run! While at Union, I hope to run for the cross-country and indoor/outdoor track teams.

3+4 Committee

The 3+4 Committee 2014-15:

We are a student-faculty liaison committee working toward increasing communication among students and faculty within the Amherst College Biology Department. Our chief role is to be an outlet for your comments, concerns, and suggestions about the Department and the classes that it offers.

What we do:

1.  Hold pre-registration information/advice sessions;
2.  Sponsor weekly lab tea breaks and other social-bonding activities among biology students and faculty;
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Building Art Work

Facilities

In 1996, the Biology Department and Neuroscience Program moved into the new McGuire Life Sciences Building shown below.

The Major

Biology majors at Amherst study introductory Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, and then have a wide choice of upper-level Biology courses to fulfill the major. Many Biology majors choose to do a senior honors research project culminating in a thesis and graduation with departmental honors in Biology.

Amherst graduates who majored in Biology usually go on to graduate or professional school, and have careers in such fields as medicine, research, teaching, or the business world.

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