Browse Majors & Minors
We explore all levels of biology—from molecules and cells to plants and animals. Through experiences on and off campus, we mentor you and nurture your curiosity and understanding of the living world.
The biology program at Alma College will introduce you to the study of life and provides abundant opportunities for individual research. General offerings include genetics, physiology, microbiology, botany and ecology. More advanced courses are offered in animal behavior, aquatic biology, immunology, evolution and more.
Check out the ecology and bird banding research Abi Fergus ’18 is doing during the summer months in her blog Alma Ornithology: Bird Banding.
Alma College is a great place to start your career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science; biotechnology; biological research; environmental biology and high school biology teaching.
Career opportunities for graduates of the biology program span the professions in health, ecology, natural resources and teaching. Alma’s program also provides strong preparation for graduate school. Alma alumni are working as environmental consultants, epidemiologists, naturalists, physicians, cancer researchers, botanists and teachers.
Results of an NSF-funded research partnership are revealed in the August 2015 issue of the prestigious international journal, Animal Behaviour.
“The information we gather will help forest ecologists better understand the role of soil pathogens and light requirements for natural seedling regeneration and how natural systems work.” — Sarah McCarthy Neumann
Students and faculty at Alma College are tracking the movements of “Alma,” a snowy owl outfitted with a satellite transmitter that was purchased with funds from the e-STEM grant.