Welcome to The Biology Department

bio_vertThe scope of our interests is broad, extending from molecular biology and biochemistry through cell biology, physiology, neurobiology and behavior, to evolutionary biology and ecology.

In the classroom and the laboratory, our students experience the excitement of exploring what’s known and, more importantly, the questions that remain in these dynamic disciplines.  Within the context of the Williams College liberal arts experience, the Biology curriculum creates a potent intellectual mix that equips our majors for success in many different areas after graduation.


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If you have questions about study abroad, Whitehead, Graduate School, WSP 99’s, BIOL 101, BIOL 22, Summer Research or placement exams, contact one of our advisors who are happy to help.

News & Announcements

FAQs for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Biology Department FAQs

Options for Thesis Students, 2020-2021

For thesis students considering their decision about whether to return to campus, this table provides information about the options available in their labs.

Luana Maroja Wins NSF Grant to Study the Formation of New Species

Maroja’s project, titled “The Evolution and Maintenance of Variable Species Boundaries,” combines field work with new technology to increase understanding of how speciation—the process through which new species are formed and a fundamental driver of biodiversity—takes place. Working with a complex of field cricket species, with a focus on two local species, the project will also involve measurement of behavior and other traits related to mate choice as well as collection and analyses of genomic data.

Class of 2020 Biology Graduation Ceremony

Biology majors from the Class of 2020 were awarded their degrees on June 7 in a Zoom-based ceremony hosted by the Biology Department.  The ceremony includes 1) speeches by graduating seniors Chloe Henderson and Eugene Cho; 2) Biology highlights from...
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