Our mission: to engage students in scientific investigation of the natural world, from molecules and cells to organisms, populations, and ecosystems.
In addition to classroom instruction, our curriculum emphasizes firsthand observation and experimentation in both the laboratory and field. Close collaboration between faculty and undergraduate students on research that spans a broad range of biological subdisciplines further distinguishes the biology program at Occidental. After studying the evolutionary unity, diversity, and complexity of biological systems, our students are prepared for a variety of postgraduate options, including medicine, public health, environmental science, education, and graduate work in the sciences.
“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” —Theodosius Dobzhansky
Find out what the Oxy Microbiology students are blogging about!
The students of the Biology department at Occidental College write about topics in microbiology that are both fascinating and unexpected.
The Biology Department would like to congratulate seniors Emma White, Michaela Tsuha, Heidi Aronson, Marvin Browne, and Dana Michels!
Emma White is the winner of this year's Fred K. Kurata award! She was chosen by the department as the student that best exemplifies enthusiasm for the study of biology and excellence in research and overall academic performance.
Michaela Tsuha and Heidi Aronson are the winners of this year's Selle Award for high scholarship, character, and participation as a student at Occidental College.
Dana Michels is the winner of this year's John W. McMenamin award for her recognition by the Biology Department for high scholarship, character and participation as a student at Occidental College.
Marvin Browne is the winner of this year's Maria Pereyra award! He was recognized by the department as the Biology major whose research and work best exemplifies an integrative approach to the study of organisms.
Dana Michels, Marvin Browne, and Heidi Aronson