• Biology Program

    Fueled by curiosity, biologists have made countless contributions to society -- photosynthesis, the ecosystem, cell differentiation, and hormones to name just a few. Hamline biology students embark on their own adventures with first-class laboratory facilities, access to the latest technology, and hands-on learning. 

    The program is designed around a four-course core curriculum that provides a solid background in ecology and evolution, cell biology, genetics, and physiology of organisms. Majors also complete courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. 

    • Students may choose to pursue a bachelor of science (BS) or a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in biology. Those students who plan to go on to graduate or professional school (such as medical or veterinary school) are advised to pursue the BS, which offers greater depth in the sciences and mathematics. The BA degree provides a solid education in biology and related sciences with more opportunity for elective coursework.
    • Class sizes are small, allowing for personal attention from professors and immediate access to laboratories and equipment. Majors will become skilled researchers, conducting their own independent research and collaborating with classmates and faculty members. 
    • Students also will have opportunities to present their research at national conferences. 
    • The biology department maintains extensive laboratories and equipment, including: computer-integrated laboratories, high-speed centrifuges, plant growth chambers, bio-amplifiers, UV-visible spectrophotometers, flow cytometers, and PCR and gel electrophoresis equipment Labs also are equipped with multimedia presentation stations and tools for computerized data acquisition and analysis. 
    • Hamline’s biology program prepares students for a variety of careers including: research, medicine, veterinary medicine, medical technology, and environmental fields. Read more about life after Hamline.

    BIOL 1140: Human Heredity and Disease

    Students are introduced to the principles of heredity and genetic technology and study examples of hereditary diseases and related societal concerns. They also confront the ethical choices that society will need to make regarding new genetic technologies.

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    Hamline biology professor Mike Farris recently summited Nepal’s Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth at 29,029 feet. Learn more about Professor Farris and read about his adventure on his blog, “The Altitude Experience.”

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