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About the Program

Biology is a popular major with a rigorous undergraduate program and a small research-focused master’s program. W&M develops well-trained biologists and scientifically literate thinkers prepared for many different career paths. Faculty nurture critical thinking, professional skills and intellectual independence. The educational mission is rooted in excellent teaching and research in the life sciences from molecules to ecosystems.

What Makes Us Different

  • Research Collaboration

    Over 1,000 students collaborate with faculty on research ranging from molecular cell biology to ecology.

  • Scholarships & Grants

    Over 200 students receive summer research scholarships and over 100 are awarded external research grants.

  • Research Presentations

    Over 200 students present their research at scientific meetings.

  • Student Publications

    150 students are authors or co-authors on 100 papers published in leading scientific journals.


  • # 6

    Best Undergraduate Teaching

    U.S. News & World Report 2023
  • # 16

    Best Lab Facilities

    The Princeton Review 2024
  • # 2

    Best Colleges for Biology in Virginia

    Niche 2024

Applied Learning

  • Student Organizations

    Join groups including the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Student Chapter, Bird Club, Botany Club and the oSTEM W&M Chapter.



Many biology graduates move on to the most prestigious medical and graduate schools, vet schools and professional positions in careers related to a broad range of important issues ranging from human health to global environmental issues. While graduates share a degree in biology, they later work in fields as diverse as medicine, environmental management, research, industry, science communication and law.

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Department of Biology

Integrated Science Center Room 3035

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.