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.

Student Resources

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

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Biology Research Profile:
Alessandra Bryan '20

Alessandra Bryan '20

Major: Biology and Spanish double major
Minor: Chemistry

“The faculty in the Biology Department are the most valuable, helpful and impressive resource that I have been able to take advantage of each year at HWS. My professors have educated, challenged and supported me, both in the classroom and in the lab. They have been instrumental in mentoring and guiding me through each of my scientific research experiences.”

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

Emergency Medicine at HWS

Wed, 20 Nov 2019

HWS EMS training at Mercy Flight to become ground crew certifiedWhen HWS Emergency Medical Services (EMS) student staff are on call, they are ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice. Comprised of a team of 17 students from…

Biology Lab: Castle Creek

Fri, 18 Oct 2019

Castle CreekWhen McKenzie Frazier ’20 took “Introductory Biology” as a first-year student, she didn’t expect to head to downtown Geneva as part of her lab work. But it was that field…

Student Research Symposium

Fri, 04 Oct 2019

Student Research Symposium 012Over the summer, more than 50 students completed research alongside faculty members, investigating cutting-edge research topics ranging from cancer-killing compounds to the prevalence of Islamophobia in religious communities, and the…

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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