Biology

The biology department offers students a solid foundation in modern biology and provides opportunities for advanced and independent investigation within the context of a robust liberal arts curriculum. At Hobart and William Smith, we have the technological, natural, financial and people resources to make your scientific endeavors count.

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Biology Teaching Fellows
Hours: Sun. - Thurs. 7-10 pm
Location: Eaton 110

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Biology Research Profile:
Grace Marshall '19

Grace Marshall '19

Hometown: Petoskey, Michigan
Major: Biology and Philosophy double major
Honors Project: Personality-Based Movement Behavior in Plethodon cinereus

This project aims to better understand dispersal patterns of terrestrial organisms and how human interference with the landscape has influenced those patterns. Grace’s work has been focusing on how movement behavior changes under stressful environments, including collecting information on risk that salamanders take on when dispersing.

“Don’t be afraid to take on a research program(s) that are not directly related to your post-graduate aspirations. The important things about research are the skills you learn and the knowledge you gain about a particular topic. Be brave, take risks, and most importantly, have fun.”

Meet Our Faculty

The Biology Department’s mission is to provide students with the skills necessary to understand the complexity of the biological world and its interconnectedness. Through hands-on laboratory and field-based coursework as well as research collaborations with the faculty, you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the field. Scroll below to meet our team of scientists, scholars and above all, teachers. Meet the entire department >

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Biology News

Celebrating Graduates’ Academic Success

Sat, 18 May 2019

Academic Achievement 7At the annual Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Hobart and William Smith honored graduating seniors and master’s of arts in teaching candidates with annual prizes from the Colleges and international…

Seminer ’20 Explores Greenland and Denmark

Wed, 08 May 2019

GreenlandOn the windswept ice just north of the Arctic Circle lies the village of Kangerlussuaq, home to 500 people. It’s here that Allie Seminer ‘20 conducted research for her class…

Anatomy in 3D

Fri, 25 Jan 2019

Ryan James Lab-00136A new manual co-authored by Professor of Biology James Ryan guides users through a groundbreaking open source software program that enables medical professionals and students alike to see anatomy in…

Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Hannah DelFavero '15

Current Position: Second Year Osteopathic Medical Student

Current Location: Old Westbury, N.Y.

Majors: Biology

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Sample Courses

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Introductory Topics
These courses, while focused on a range of topics, are designed to help you (1) distinguish between scientific inquiry and other modes of inquiry; (2) articulate in general terms the central concepts of biology, including the process of evolution through natural selection; the central role of DNA, RNA, and proteins in living organisms; and the inheritance of genetic information; (3) ask relevant biological questions, develop scientific hypotheses, and design experiments to test hypotheses; and (4) explain the relevance of biological knowledge to society. Each course includes laboratory sessions.

Health Professions

Pre-Health at HWS

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is an ideal place to prepare for a career in the health professions. Over the past five years our placement rate for medical, dental and veterinary school applicants has exceeded 80%, well above national averages. Many recent graduates are also now successful physical therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, and a variety of other clinical practitioners.

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