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

  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 studies.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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“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.

  • Molly H.B. Amador, PhD

    Molly H.B. Amador, PhD ’13

    Academic Editor,
  • Navreet Dhaliwal

    Navreet Dhaliwal ’13 ’15MBA

    Customer Service Account Manager, Microsoft
  • Justine Falcone

    Justine Falcone ’13

    Resident Physician in Emergency Medicine, West Virginia University
  • Donnelly West

    Donnelly A. West ’07

    BioDirect Specialist, Bayer CropSciences
  • Michaela A. O’Driscoll

    Michaela A. O’Driscoll ’16

    MD Candidate, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Seth Pierce

    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.

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Global Brigades
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • MIT
  • Sandoz
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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

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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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Keep Exploring

Take a deeper dive into biology at Rollins by meeting your future professors, seeing our grads in action, and sitting in on a class.

Stephenson Named Co-Principal Investigator on NSF Grant

Biology professor Paul Stephenson is partnering with the University of St. Thomas to train undergraduate biologists using urban agriculture.

Santiago Narvaez Selected for American Society for Microbiology Spotlight Series

Biology professor Brendaliz Santiago Narvaez has been selected for an American Society for Microbiology series highlighting diversity in STEM.

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Rollins Receives Scientific Equipment Grant

The Sherman Fairchild Foundation has awarded Rollins a grant that will enhance learning in the sciences and make biology and chemistry majors even more competitive for careers in STEM.

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