• About Biology

    The Department of Biology is located in Regents Hall, Reiss Science Building, and labs on Observatory Hill.

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  • Research

    We investigate the behavior of organisms, cells and molecules in the laboratory and field, and by using modeling and computational approaches.

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  • Undergraduate Programs

    The Department of Biology offers four majors and a minor for undergraduate study.

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  • Graduate Program

    The graduate experience includes cutting-edge research, learning how to teach, and opportunities for mentoring.

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    The Department of Biology offers many classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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  • Affiliated Programs

    The Department of Biology is associated with other programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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Biology in the News


NOVEMBER 20, 2014 – HEIDI ELMENDORF, an Associate Professor in Georgetown College’s Biology Department, is being honored today as the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s District of Columbia Professor of the Year.  Elmendorf, Director of Undergraduate Studies in biology and Director of Science Education Outreach, is also co-founder of the recent innovative Biology of Global Health major.



Prof. Shaun Brinsmade

Scientists have identified thousands of species of microbes that live in and on the human body. Although microbes can cause disease and infections in humans, they aren’t always harmful. Assistant Professor of Biology Shaun Brinsmade is looking at when and how microbes turn from harmless to harmful.

Microbes: The Good, The Bad, The Harmless

Amy BattoclettiAmy Battocletti was honored by the National Science Foundation as a grad student-veteran and for her studies in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.  She received an NSF graduate research fellowship to study genetic variation in salt march plants.  She is currently a second year graduate student and was previously a aerographer’s mate with the US Navy. 

Veteran  and Graduate Student Honored by the NSF