Biology

Program Information

Professors: Fraser (Chair), Girdler, Langeland, Martinez Peña y Valenzuela, Moore, Salinas, Sundararaj, A. Wollenberg, M. Wollenberg

The mission of our department and curriculum is to educate students in the field of biology and foster a community of learning and practice. Our approaches are embedded in the context of a Kalamazoo College liberal arts education. Through our courses, research collaborations, advising, and departmental experiences, we help all students find their place in science and develop a biologist's keen awareness of the natural world. Specifically, our goal is that all students who participate in Biology will:

1) feel curious about the natural world and empathetic toward our shared environment;

2) know what has been discovered about the natural world, the process by which such knowledge is gained, and how to evaluate competing claims;

3) identify as new members of an interdependent community whose goal is to address socially relevant problems and questions; and

4) continually apply/practice newfound knowledge and skills via career exploration, problem solving, research, communication, and teamwork.

Biology Department News

Kalamazoo College Welcomes New Faculty Members

Assistant Professor of Theatre Quincy Thomas Kalamazoo College is pleased to welcome the following faculty members to campus this fall.

Honey of a Month Prompts Entomology Q-and-A

Students Observe Honey Bees_fb September is National Honey Month, which prompted us to ask Kalamazoo College entomology [...]

K Alumna, Epidemiologist Addresses Delta Variant, COVID-19 Vaccines

Natasha Bagdasarian discusses the delta variant Natasha Bagdasarian ’99, an epidemiologist and infectious disease physician, discusses the [...]

Toads Shape Student’s Conservation Research

Molly Ratliff with boreal toads at night fb Molly Ratliff ’22 hopes to work in an environmental-studies field after she graduates from [...]

Two Faculty Members Earn Tenure

Kalamazoo College faculty members Santiago Salinas and Dwight Williams, from the biology and [...]

K Ranks Highly Among Top Liberal Arts Colleges

Upjohn Library Commons in Winter for Top Liberal Arts Institutions AcademicInfluence.com is endorsing Kalamazoo College as one of the top four-year schools in [...]

Environmental Internships Fill in for Study Abroad

Environmental Internships Without study abroad available this year, Kalamazoo College faculty and staff got creative and [...]

From Singapore to Michigan, Alumna Fights COVID-19

Kalamazoo College Alumna Natasha Bagdasarian Fights COVID-19_showcase When a listserv between epidemiologists first mentioned a unique syndrome identified in Wuhan, [...]

K Students Need Your Help Analyzing Deer Populations

Zach Brazil Researching Deer Populations_fb If you’re a citizen scientist who would like to help two Kalamazoo College students with their [...]

Mom Inspires Son’s Medical Ambitions

Emergency Medical Technician Brandon Wright Imagine, as a 14-year-old child, seeing your mother endure breast cancer. How might that [...]