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Department of Biology

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Students in Eastern's biology program become biologists through extensive practice, spending more time in the laboratory and field than in lecture. They learn about life processes while developing analytical skills and technical expertise.

  • State-of-art scientific equipment
  • Small classes
  • Full-time faculty
  • Tropical Biology field course—50 years in the Caribbean and counting
  • Summer internship opportunities
  • Independent research mentored by individual faculty members
  • Present your work at regional, national and international scientific conferences
  • Prepare for graduate/professional school
  • Careers range from genetics to dentistry; from medicine to optometry and veterinary science; from ecology to plant biology, marine biology, biotechnology and teaching
Department Chair:
Elizabeth Cowles
Science Building Rm. 361
(860) 465-4385
(860) 465-5213
Assistant Chair:
Ross Koning
Science Building Rm. 356
(860) 465-5327
(860) 465-5213
Secretary II:
Julie McGowan
Science Building Rm. 368
(860) 465-4369
(860) 465-5213
Student using microscope
Students posing for a photo in Costa Rica
Student pointing at plants growing in a petri dish
Student and professor outside holding petri dishes
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Programs of Study

  • Biology students at Eastern gain extensive practical experience and spend more time in the laboratory and field projects than in lecture. Students receive the full attention of their professors, all of whom have Ph.D. degrees from top universities; professors teach both lectures and laboratories. Working in small classes with state-of-art scientific equipment ranging from a DNA sequencer to a confocal microscope, students acquire hands-on experiences in the laboratory and in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Just one example of the major's flexibility is its pre-med focus.  In addition to the Biology major, a Biology minor is offered to other majors.

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  • The Genetic Counseling minor exposes students to this growing field, and provides coursework required for admission to a genetic counseling graduate program. As we enter the age of personalized medicine, there will be an increased demand for genetic counselors who know how to analyze and interpret sequencing results for patients and consumers.

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  • Students in the Bioinformatics minor use computers to analyze genomic information, which is revolutionizing our understanding of health and disease. Students will learn core concepts in computer programming, genomics and data analysis, and will apply bioinformatics programming and analytic skills to solve biological problems.

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