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Department of Biology

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.

Biology at Rollins

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 state of the art 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 and qRT-PCR
  • Both fluorescent and light microscopes with digital imaging capability
  • Tissue culture facility with hoods and CO2 cabinets
  • Microinjection equipment for the injection of zebrafish and           C. elegans
  • Biopac Science Lab data acquisition systems
  • Saltwater and freshwater systems for marine invertebrates, and zebrafish
  • Two state of the art Conviron plant growth chambers 

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