Coursework, facilities and research opportunities will prepare you for the most competitive graduate schools, professional schools and science-related jobs. Almost every course has a hands-on lab. Our location in coastal New England gives you access to estuaries and salt marshes and the ability to interact with industry scientists at nearby research facilities. Areas of faculty-student research include cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution, developmental biology, ecology and physiology. Major supporters of this research include the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. You are encouraged to work with one of your professors on an independent research project, and many students publish papers with faculty in peer-reviewed journals and present research at conferences.

Research opportunities

Many students have summer research internships with their professors; some take a semester to study at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. Recent student projects have included mapping genes that affect flight in fruit flies, studying bacteria in a salt marsh, analyzing genes using bioinformatics, tracking the nesting of birds along power line corridors and creating an interactive database of lakes and ponds. 


We offer hands-on experience with electron and fluorescent microscopes, digital image analysis, cell culture and real-time polymerase chain reaction in our well-equipped labs. They are complemented by an equally impressive living laboratory — the College's 750-acre Arboretum — and the resources of our interdisciplinary Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment.