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Biology

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’re 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.

Why Study Biology at Rollins

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 studies.

State-of-the-Art Learning Environment

The Bush Science Center is designed as a student-centric hub. You can convene here at all hours, studying, collaborating, and taking advantage of continual access to professors.

Life Skills Beyond Biology

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

Clayton Ferrara
“I’ve loved nature from a young age, but the biology major at Rollins changed my life and opened my eyes. I gained an understanding of the nuances of life and then traveled the globe to apply my understanding to a worldview. It all prepared me to speak with purpose at the U.N., the Vatican, and the White House. I have Rollins to thank for that.”

Clayton Louis Ferrara ’09

Executive Director, IDEAS For Us

Rollins Biology Careers

Rollins biology graduates are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations and institutions.

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Molly H.B. Amador ’13, PhD

Academic Editor, American Journal Experts

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Navreet Dhaliwal ’13 ’15MBA

Senior Manager, Allscripts

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Justine Falcone ’13

Resident Physician in Emergency Medicine, West Virginia University

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Donnelly A. West ’07

Research Scientist, Seminis Vegetable Seeds

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Michaela A. O’Driscoll ’16

MD Candidate, University of Florida College of Medicine

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Seth Pierce ’11

Director of Sales and Marketing, Proaquatix

Real World Experience

Biology students hone their knowledge and skills through hands-on experience in everything from research and internships to community engagement.

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Popular Courses

From classroom and laboratory experiences to field work, students take courses that span the spectrum of biological disciplines. They learn to think critically and emerge as leaders prepared to make informed decisions about important scientific issues

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.

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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 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 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.

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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

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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.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Biology Major

“Biology bridges the gap between what we casually observe about our natural world and what we can discover to be the true patterns of life and interaction that were once so obscure.”

Papaa Kodzi ’21

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.

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Expert Faculty

Our biology instructors 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.

Department of Biology
Bush Science Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2743
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2494
F. 407.646.2138

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