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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

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 [...]

Undergraduates Present Research

Students Present Undergrad Research Posters Fifteen Kalamazoo College students joined three of their teachers (professors Dwight Williams, [...]

Beloved Biology Professor Emeritus Dies

Kalamazoo College Professor Emeritus of Biology David Evans 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

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