Biology

Program Information

Professors: Fraser (Chair), Chavan, Girdler , Langeland, Moore, Morrison, Salinas, Tanis, 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

Biology Students: It Takes a Village to Stop Invasive Species

Fiorina Talaba and Fiona Summers mapping invasive species If you’ve ever wondered whether invasive species of plants are a problem in Michigan, four [...]

National Moth Week Spotlights Winged Insects

National Moth Week blacklighting at Quad If you ever see Kalamazoo College students hanging sheets by clotheslines suspended between [...]

2019 Senior Awards Ceremony Honors Students

2019 Senior Awards Ceremony cDUGAL 2019_0521 Congratulations to the following Kalamazoo College students who received awards during the [...]

‘Ambassador of Science’ Earns NSF Graduate Fellowship

NSF Graduate Fellow uses a microscope at Dow Science Center Each year, up to $100 billion worth of harvested food is lost worldwide to pests and microbes. [...]

Luce Fellowship Fuels K Student’s Health-Career Goals

Luce Fellowship Recipient Anthony Diep Rosas Anthony Diep Rosas ’19 has accomplished an impressive first for a Kalamazoo College student, [...]

Positive Attitude, Dedication Are Hallmarks of Senior Leadership Honorees

Students Honored with Senior Leadership Recognition Awards cDugal 8963 Thirty students known for their invaluable contributions to the Kalamazoo College community [...]

Professor’s Project Promotes Pollinators, Begets Buzz

pollinators Kalamazoo College Biology Professor Ann Fraser is hoping to create some buzz with her latest [...]

Grant Empowers Alzheimer’s Research at K

Student Prepares for Alzheimer's Research Kalamazoo College Professor of Biology Blaine Moore and Upjohn Professor of Life Sciences Jim [...]

Endowed Chairs Reflect K’s Continued Teaching Excellence

Christina Carroll Among Five Endowed Chairs Kalamazoo College recently appointed five faculty members as endowed chairs, recognizing their [...]

Career Exploration Takes K Students to Windy City

11 K to the Windy City participants at the el train Five Kalamazoo College juniors and eight sophomores are back from Chicago after a three-day [...]