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

Meet the Hornets Helping Bumblebees Through Citizen Science

Trevor Rigney (from left), Niko Nickson, Amy Cazier and Nicki Bailey comprised Biology Professor Ann Fraser's summer research group last year. What’s black, yellow and fuzzy all over? Bumblebees. And Biology Professor Ann Fraser wants to [...]

K Students Inspire Girls to Explore STEM Through Sisters in Science

Sisters in Science_fb When the world celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Feb. 11, a [...]

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 [...]