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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

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

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

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 [...]