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
The Biology Department would like to congratulate seniors Tina Tran and Morgan Winston!
Tina Tran is the winner of this year's Selle Award for high scholarship, character, and participation as a student at Occidental College.
Morgan Winston 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.