Department of Biology

    From investigating genes and cells to studying ecosystems, we emphasize a strong foundation in biology that includes practical classroom, laboratory and field experiences.

    Both programs benefit from Hood’s graduate programs in biomedical science and environmental biology; seniors have opportunities to take advanced elective courses that are generally not offered at small liberal arts colleges.

    Graduates have expressed that this provides a real head start for graduate school, medical school and the job market.

    Upcoming Events 

    Department of Biology Seminar Series Fall 2020 

    Unless noted, seminars are held from 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom. Open to all Hood undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.


    Tuesday, September 15

    "Cannabis, Permaculture and the Climate Crisis" 
    Bridgette Downer 
    Chicken of the Woods Permaculture Farm. LLC
    Meeting ID: 995 4207 9301
    Passcode: 292765

    Tuesday, October 6 

    "Enzymatic synthesis of prebiotic fiber (Galacto-oligosaccharides) from cheese whey" 
    Dr. David Orrego 
    Research Specialist, R&D Department 
    Alpina Food Products, Colombia 
    Meeting ID: 987 4007 5032
    Passcode: 271549

    Tuesday, October 20

    "Stem Cell Research for the Purpose of Translational Medicine"
    Dr. Tea Soon Park 
    National Eye Institute (NEI)
    Meeting ID: 266 152 1685
    Passcode: 494161

    Tuesday, November 10 

    Dr. Su Bin Lim 
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
    Meeting ID: 934 9103 7488
    Passcode: 666099

    Our Facilities & Equipment

    The Department of Biology is housed in the Hodson Science and Technology Center. Classrooms and labs are equipped with multimedia teaching tools, including access to web-based technologies. Specialized equipment and laboratories for ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, cell culture and physiology are available for course work and student-faculty research collaborations.

    Students can conduct analyses using quatitative PCR, high-pressure liquid chromatography and other analytical instruments. A greenhouse and environmental chambers are available to grow and study plants.

    A suite of labs is dedicated to the growth and maintenance of aquatic organisms. Computer-assisted analysis of data is used extensively in the curriculum, including environmental, general biology and molecular biology labs. Fluorescent microscopes, PCR thermal scyvlers, cell culture facilities, GIS mapping, satellite and imaging analysis are also available.


    Stories in the Department

    Daehwan Kim

    Meet Faculty Member Daehwan Kim

    Daehwan Kim Faculty

    Professor Daehwan Kim strives to help underrepresented students enjoy science and biology.

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