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Biology

Program Information

Professors: Fraser, Girdler (Chair), Langeland, Moore, Salinas, A. Wollenberg, M. Wollenberg

The mission of our department and curriculum is to educate students in the field of biology and within the context of a Kalamazoo College liberal arts education. Through our courses, research collaborations, and advising we help each of our students become an intrinsically motivated, self-directed learner who enjoys a biologist's keen awareness of the natural world. Specifically, we foster development of the following attributes in our biology majors: 1) knowledge of the diversity of living organisms and levels - from molecules to ecosystems - at which those organisms can be studied; 2) understanding of how organisms are affected by their evolutionary and developmental trajectories and how these are influenced by environmental contingency; 3) ability to discover new biological knowledge and then communicate it effectively to others; and 4) curiosity about and empathy toward our shared environment.

Biology Department News

Soccer Boys, Dinosaur Men

When the Wilson boys were kids, it was soccer over sauropods. Neither brother, Jeff or Greg, [...]

Showerdough and Sourdough

Rob Dunn ’97 is at it again; it being another citizen-science project (or two). And it [...]

Undergraduates Present Research

Fifteen Kalamazoo College students joined three of their teachers (professors Dwight Williams, [...]

Beloved Biology Professor Emeritus Dies

David Evans, professor emeritus of biology, died on September 20, 2016. He was 77 years old, [...]

More in a Summer: A “Quality” Internship at MDEQ

[By McKenna Bramble ’16] With a major in biology and a concentration in environmental studies, [...]

Life’s Imperative: Social Justice in Science

A seed—call it science-and-social-justice—has been germinating in the mind of Regina [...]

Four Awarded Fellowships for Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced that four Kalamazoo College alumni [...]

If We Build It, They Will Come

K alumna and bee expert Rebecca Tonietto ’05 is interviewed in the Huffington Post on the ways [...]

A Break for Microbial Evolution

Talk about making the most of an opportunity! Sophomore Tanush Jagdish took the initiative to [...]

The Algorithm Knows

Justin Horowitz ’05 is a graduate research assistant in bioengineering at the University of [...]