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The science of life.

The study of biology teaches us about the nature of living matter, explains our relationship to the natural world, and provides a solid foundation for careers in biology and related fields.

Students interested in biology at the chemical level may opt to major in biology with a concentration in biochemistry. Premedical students are often biology majors; the major also dovetails nicely with environmental study.

At Washington College students work in close relationships with their instructors, and many choose to participate in undergraduate research. The recently completed John Toll Science Center, with its modern, well-equipped laboratories, is an ideal setting for hands-on learning. Because of our location on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, courses and faculty interests are often oriented toward the environment and the Chesapeake Bay.



Recent Stories

  • Eleven students and two professors recently traveled to Nicaragua for a 15-day tropical ecology course offering one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning experiences not soon to be forgotten.
  • Biology professor Aaron Krochmal’s research on how turtles use memory to navigate earns the cover story for the Proceedingsof the Royal Society of London.
  • Four years of GIS Lab experience and a fantastic internship in Hawaii helped Olivia Hughes ’15 find her unique career path in the marine sciences.

  • As a captain in the U.S. Air Force, Christopher Smith ’07 is completing his dentistry education in one of the top oral surgery residencies in the country, helping repair the trauma suffered by veterans and civilians alike. 

  • On October 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Decker Theatre, The Invention of Nature author Andrea Wulf will discuss von Humboldt’s remarkable life and lasting influence with senior Smithsonian curator Eleanor Harvey and John Carter Brown Library Director Neil Safier.