Department of

Biology

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.

Internship and Research Opportunities

You can choose to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in the lab, like Kaitlyn Marino ’19, or venture farther afield. Over the past couple of years, one of our most distinguished alumna scientists, Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu ’71, has hosted students in her cancer research lab at the University of California, Berkeley.

Looking Ahead to Graduate School

The College has built alliances with outstanding post-graduate institutions for its students in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Through a partnership with the Georgetown University Medical Center, qualified graduates interested in biomedical sciences can receive a partial tuition scholarship for any master’s program offered through Georgetown’s Biomedical Graduate Education (excluding online programs).

Mindy Reynolds (left) co-chair of the Department of Biology and associate professor of biology, works with Max Li '14, who went on to get his master's degree at Georgetown University Medical Center.Mindy Reynolds (left) co-chair of the Department of Biology and associate professor of biology, works with Max Li '14, who went on to get his master's degree at Georgetown University Medical Center.