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 Miranda Roethler, Oscar Yip, Isabelle Yuen, Skye Harnsberger, Devon DeRaad, and Tatum Katz!
Miranda Roethler 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.
Oscar Yip and Isabelle Yuen are the winners of this year's Selle Award for high scholarship, character, and participation as a student at Occidental College.
Skye Harnsberger 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.
Devon DeRaad and Tatum Katz are the winners of this year's Maria Pereyra award! They were recognized by the department as the Biology majors whose research and work best exemplifies an integrative approach to the study of organisms.