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Learn by doing from day one as you explore a future in biology. While biology encompasses many fields – such as conservation, genetics, microbiology, physiology and more – you will benefit from a collaborative, hands-on approach led by master faculty who are eager to help you answer life’s biggest questions through meaningful, high-level research. Study microbes, genes and molecules in health and disease using cancer cells and model organisms ranging from yeast to zebrafish; carry out organismal, field and environmental research projects; and co-author research publications that will shape the scientific community for years to come. 

The Biology Department offers majors in Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Environmental Biology. Minors in Biology are also available. 

This program is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the centerpiece of DePauw's three-school model

Facilities available to Biology departmental majors include the the 520-acre DePauw Nature Park, greenhouses, animal facilities, cell culture and molecular biology labs and the Buehler Biomedical Imaging Center.

Bree Mahoney-Sutherland ’25

I am in the right place. I'm home.-Bree Mahoney-Sutherland ’25


in the field

Internships students have participated in:

  • Harvard Medical School


  • Washington University in St. Louis

  • Eli Lilly

Graduate Programs

Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Mayo Clinic

  • Indiana University Purdue University

  • Washington University in St. Louis

  • Indiana University School of Medicine

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • University of Notre Dame

  • University of Cincinnati

  • University of Chicago

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  • Philips Akinwole, Ph.D., University of Alabama. Research interests: microbial ecology and urban ecology.
  • Lynn Bedard, Ph.D., University of Virginia. Research interests: microbiology and molecular biology.
  • J.H. Benedix Jr., Ph.D., Kansas State University. Research interests: ecology, behavior and evolution.
  • Colleen Doci, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Research interests: cancer biology, cellular motility, and cell-microenvironmental interactions.
  • Dana Dudle, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: plant evolution and ecology, conservation biology, and science education.
  • Rose Keith, Ph.D., Duke University. Research interests: Evolutionary genetics of plant chemical defenses and other complex traits, and responses of populations to natural selection.
  • Kevin Kinney, Ph.D. , University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Research interests: neuroimmunology and comparative immunology.
  • Sarah Mordan-McCombs, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame. Research interests: oxidative stress in S. cerevisiae, and novel compounds for treatment of breast and prostate cancer.
  • Henning Schneider, Ph.D., University of Konstanz. Research interests: neuroscience, mechanisms of drug dependence, gene-editing, and drug discovery.
  • Janet Vaglia, Ph.D., Dalhousie University. Research interest: developmental biology.