The Biology Department

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Allegheny’s biology students learn by doing. With the guidance and support of the faculty, they apply scientific methods and theories learned in the classroom to their own research in the lab or in the field, discovering first-hand how scientists think and what they do.

Major & Minor Programs


  • Nine biology courses, including a Junior Seminar, Senior Project, and three electives.
  • Double and student-designed majors can be arranged. Recent double majors include: biology and art, biology and environmental science, biology and English, and biology and economics; recent student-designed majors: forensics, bioethics, biophysics.
  • Cooperative programs in allied health fields, nursing, and marine biology.
  • Independent study and research projects are encouraged.


Coherent set of five biology courses including two biology electives.