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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

Events Offer Students Opportunities in the Sciences

Sciences JA Scott Kelso Two Kalamazoo College events coming soon will give students new experiences and learning [...]

Theatre Arts Professor Menta Receives Lux Esto Award

Lux Esto Award Winner Ed Menta Ed Menta, the James A.B. Stone College Professor of Theatre Arts, is this year’s recipient of [...]

K Senior Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship

National Science Foundation Fellowship Winner Megan Hoinville works with professors It’s a high achievement to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research [...]

Grant Will Boost Student Research Experience

Student research Kalamazoo College’s efforts to get science majors experience in student research, one of the [...]

Biology Alumnae Present at Reflections and Connections

Biology Professor Binney Girdler introduces Melba Sales-Griffin Kalamazoo College’s Biology Department welcomed alumnae Melba Sales-Griffin ’12 [...]

2 Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

Faculty Members Promoted Binney Girdler Kalamazoo College faculty members Binney Girdler and James Lewis have been promoted from [...]

K Receives $255,000 Grant From The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Spectrometer at Dow Science Center Kalamazoo College students and researchers soon will have more effective opportunities for [...]

K Author Chronicles Dangers of Never Being Out of Season

Kalamazoo College alumnus Rob Dunn Biology professor (North Carolina State University), scientist and science writer Rob Dunn [...]

Soccer Boys, Dinosaur Men

1991 Kalmazoo College Alumnus Jeff Wilson in Niger When the Wilson boys were kids, it was soccer over sauropods. Neither brother, Jeff or Greg, [...]

Showerdough and Sourdough

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