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

Research and Curriculum Changing with Ryan’s Fluorescence Microscope

Thu, 06 Feb 2020

Ryan-Jim-in-Lab-3F7A8871Professor of Biology James Ryan has designed and built a 3D printed fluorescence microscope that has the potential to impact undergraduate and high school classrooms across the country and clinical…

Lucyshyn ’19 Discusses Peace Corps Work in Ukraine

Thu, 06 Feb 2020

Lucyshyn Teya2In an article published by Глуzд, a Ukrainian media outlet, Peace Corps volunteer Teya Lucyshyn ’19 was interviewed about her growing connection to her familial roots while she serves as…

HWS Grads Publish Chemical Ecology Research

Mon, 27 Jan 2020

Liu YuxiThree recent Hobart and William Smith graduates are co-authors on an article in the December 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Ecology, based on their summer research at Cornell…

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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