Biology at Rollins

The curricula of our three majors—biology, marine biology, and biochemistry/molecular biology—expose students to a wide variety of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences fundamental to the life sciences, enabling them to think critically, learn technical skills for solving biological problems, and communicate biological information both in oral and written formats.

State-of-the-Art Facility

The recently renovated Bush Science Center features new teaching and research laboratories as well as the latest equipment for studies in general, ecological, and molecular biology.

Small Classes

Small classes allow Biology Professors to give the personalized attention needed to be a successful student.

Experienced Professors

Gain first hand knowledge from distinguished professors that are experts in their field of study.

Field Study

Rewarding and exciting, participating in off campus field experiences give the students hands on exposure needed to stay highly competitive in the job market.

Through selected electives, students may concentrate on specific areas of interest. These majors offer the flexibility to study abroad, minor in another area, or fulfill requirements for secondary teaching certification. Students also have excellent opportunities to engage in independent research projects. Graduates are prepared to pursue employment in biological laboratories or pursue graduate study in the health professions or biological sciences.


The biology department is housed in the newly renovated Bush Science Center. This facility contains classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, and offices for faculty and staff. All classrooms are equipped with a computer projection system and, along with our teaching laboratories, have access to the Internet.

Within our teaching and research laboratories, we have diverse equipment for studies in general, ecological, and molecular biology. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Laser Scanning Confocal Fluorescent and Differential Interference Contrast Microscope
  • High-speed and ultra-centrifuges
  • Stereo and compound microscopes
  • Uv/vis spectrophotometers and a nanodrop system
  • Visible, uv, and chemiluminscent imaging system
  • Electrophoresis equipment for both agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
  • Thermocyclers for PCR
  • Both fluorescent and light microscopes with digital imaging capability
  • Tissue culture facility with hoods and CO2 cabinets
  • Microinjection equipment for the injection of single cells
  • Biopac Science Lab data acquisition systems
  • Saltwater and freshwater systems for marine invertebrates, zebrafish, and Xenopus.

Our faculty continually seeks out the latest equipment to give students hands-on experience in both our research and classroom laboratories.

Field Studies

As a biology or marine biology student at Rollins College you will be able to participate in a number of off-campus field experiences. The department maintains a significant travel fund that enables field trips to local state parks and wilderness areas, the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the Florida Keys, and the Everglades. Rollins also offers the opportunity for students to spend extended time at an off-campus field location. Biology 388 Marine Bio Lab, for example, is offered regularly and allows students to study marine life at marine laboratories in Hawaii, the Bahamas, or the New England coast. In this course students do comprehensive, in-field ecological analyses of representative temperate or tropical marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, rocky/sandy intertidal, mangroves, and estuarine areas.