Success in the field of biology starts with inquiry-based learning, original research opportunities in the lab and the field, and state-of-the-art equipment. Colby offers all that and more.

Students in the Biology Department gain exposure to the breadth of biological sciences and become skilled in the methods of scientific inquiry. The curriculum emphasizes the study of plants, animals, and microorganisms from the molecular to the ecosystem level. Research is integral to our teaching and learning. Biology majors work closely with professors to generate hypotheses and conduct self-designed experiments in teaching and research facilities that include a cell culture laboratory, an advanced microscopy suite, and a DNA sequencing facility.

The major is flexible, allowing students to develop a course of study matching their particular interests. We offer concentrations in cell and molecular biology/biochemistry, neuroscience, and ecology and evolution.