Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


At its core, Biology involves the study of living organisms and their relationships to their environment.

At Southwestern, we seek to connect students with the intricacies, discoveries and trials of the natural world in a diverse, hands-on and engaged fashion.

 Our professors focus on undergraduate learning through dynamic classroom teaching as well as independent and collaborative scholarship in their specialty area. Small class sizes (the largest lecture class has 32 students) allow for close attention, collaboration, and personalized learning experiences.

The Departments offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree (click here for basic degree plans) and supports interdisciplinary programs in Animal Behavior and Environmental Studies.

Department News

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    Carl Zimmer, author of The New York Times column “Matter,” will give a lecture on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Southwestern University in Olin 105, followed by a reception and book signing.
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    A grant proposal written by Dr. Maria Todd and Dr. Maria Cuevas was recently awarded $10,000 from the J.P. Morgan Foundation.  These funds will support their collaborative research with Dr. Rebecca Sheller and Dr. Jonathan King (Trinity University) that aims to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of cancer metastasis.
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    Faculty members are using the popular platform to teach art history, biology and calculus

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