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
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The Biology Department would like to congratulate seniors Katherine Yanagi, Chris Hino and Sabrina Moffly!
Katherine Yanagi 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.
Chris Hino is the winner of this year's Selle Award for high scholarship, character, and participation as a student at Occidental College.
Sabrina Moffly is the winner of the first John W. McMenamin award for her recognition by the Biology Department for high scholarship, character and participation as a student at Occidental College.
Congratulations to Rachel Buckner, Merrie Emmns, Zoe Goozner, Mealani Kaiser, Sabrina Moffly and Carlina Perna who have been granted ASP Conference Travel awards for 2015!
Congratulations to Jasmine Chen, Heidi Aronson, Dana Michels and Kate Coursey who have been granted ASP grants for Spring 2015!
Congratulations to Travis Wilson, Chris Hino and Katherine Yanagi recipients of the Fletcher-Jones Scholar fellowships for Spring 2015!
Congratulations to Alessandro Carotenuto, Kyle Fukui, Laila Hamzai, Jessica Kim, Jeremy Klein, Connie Li, Stephanie Peacock, Sarah Pike, and Kelvin Zheng winners of Academic Student Project Awards!