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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

  • Amanda Peters ’16 grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian. What she discovered at Washington College is how much broader her impact could be as a champion for global biodiversity.

  • 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.
  • Initially studying in the premedical program at Washington College, Jim Kielek ’09 decided by his junior year to focus instead on becoming a physician assistant.
  • Gabrielle Dejuliis ’15 found her career focus as a Physical Therapist after experiencing an injury as a freshman.
  • For Ernie Eckenrode ’17, the importance of getting to work as soon as possible helped guide him down his career path.