Academics

Biology

Learn more about the biology degree program at Rollins College.

A Personalized Approach

A Personalized Approach

Our biology professors could teach anywhere, but they choose Rollins because of the individualized structure and the department’s personal approach to training—in the classroom, in the field, and in life. To them, this is more than an education on biology.

Why Study Biology at Rollins

What is true in life is also true in the biology major at Rollins: Nothing compares to hands-on experience. That’s why the majority of courses in this field include laboratories, and at Rollins you lead them.

There are no lecture halls and no viewing of studies from the other side of a room. Small class sizes mean you are the catalyst of your own research, even in stepping-stone classes, working under the expert guidance of doctorate-level professors from hypothesis to experiment to analyzing data. The success of Rollins graduates tells us this type of evidence-based learning translates seamlessly into any type of career, whether it’s in medicine, education, or business.

1. Original Research Opportunities The biology professors start stressing independence in 100-level classes. You control your own research, with oversight from professors, which instills confidence early in your college studies.

2. State-of-the-Art Learning Environment The Bush Science Center is designed as a student-centric hub. Students can convene here at all hours, studying, collaborating, and taking advantage of continual access to professors.

3. Life Skills Beyond Biology Biology majors are trained to troubleshoot, lead experiments, and explore ecosystems around the state and world. You gain priceless skills to navigate any profession or any important life decision.

Popular Courses

BIO 229 Microbiology Engage with a seemingly distant topic by focusing on the unseen world found in your body. You will learn about an entire world of viruses and bacteria that we rarely consider.

BIO 308 Genetics Explore the genetics in bacterial and eukaryotic organisms, learning a variety of techniques used in the genetic field, including bioinformatic approaches.

BIO 312 Animal Physiology This class appeals to anyone interested in health as applied to humans and other animals. You work with live animals in independent projects, just as you would in medical or veterinarian training.

BIO 330 Field Botany and Florida Ecosystems Instruction largely takes place in the most idyllic classroom: outside, in the state of Florida. Study flora in the Everglades, Mead Botanical Garden, Cape Canaveral National Seashore, and places few people know about.

BIO 341 Molecular Biology With a small class size and generous resources from the College, this laboratory experience is constantly revised to stay on the cutting edge of the ever-changing world of gene editing.

BIO 360 Cell Biology There are an indefinite number of questions to be asked in science, so this class allows you to pinpoint a topic of personal interest … and then pursue your independent research to discover answers.

Beyond the Classroom

Internship Opportunities The name “Rollins” carries significant clout for students who apply for competitive internships. Our faculty encourages students to decide what they want to study, and where, for a summer.

Scholarly Research Undergraduates have the opportunity to spend up to two months working side by side with a biology faculty member through the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, and get paid. This program provides students a strong start on a long-term laboratory project and the opportunity to present at a professional conference.

Study Abroad The biology curriculum is built to encourage students to study ecosystems across the globe (usually the fall term of your junior year). The most popular field experiences are in Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

Major and Minor Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalogue to access the program requirements

Contact

Department of Biology
Bush Science Center
1000 Holt Avenue – 2743 
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2494
F. 407.646.2138
Visit Department of Biology website
Contact biology faculty and staff