The Biology Department at Holy Cross offers students a rigorous education in all aspects of modern biology. Course offerings and faculty research interests span all the major sub-disciplines and experimental approaches of biology at scales of organization from molecules to ecosystems.
Classes are small and students have ample opportunity to receive individual attention. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and active scholars who train students in the theory, methodology, and practice of modern biology.
We are especially proud of our active undergraduate research program where students have the opportunity to do significant semi-independent research under the direction of the faculty. Approximately 70% of our graduates go on to receive advanced degrees, the majority of which are in bio-medical sciences.
The Department is housed in O'Neil and Swords Halls which are part of the College's Science Complex. Our facilities are state-of-the-art: all classrooms, offices and laboratories are networked; computer projection systems are present in all classrooms, and we possess an impressive array of modern instrumentation for teaching and research. We also make extensive use of nearby sites for field studies that are central to ecological and evolutionary biology.
A significant number of our students study abroad for one or two semesters during the junior year, typically in field biology semesters or at major European universities.
In the last five years, about 45 to 50 students in each graduating class are biology majors. Approximately 70 percent of the department's graduates go on to receive advanced degrees in ecological and cellular and molecular research and in medicine.
Biology is one of two majors at the College with competitive admission; admission is based on performance in introductory level natural science courses.
|Chair: Dr. Ken Prestwich
Office Coordinator: Ms. Linda Walsh
Telephone: (508) 793-2656