Student Research Opportunities

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Biology Major

The biology degree will prepare you for a myriad of career opportunities.

Are you interested in life, or more precisely, how living organisms develop, function and evolve? When you enroll in the biology major at Cedar Crest College, you will join a community of women scientists who learn by doing—gaining knowledge, experience and confidence throughout your years here. Enrolling in our biology program will prepare you for entry into graduate studies in the biological sciences, as well as medical school, the field of education or the workplace.

Program Options

At Cedar Crest College, you may choose any of the following tracks when studying biology at the undergraduate level:

About Our Program

Earning your B.S. degree in biology will provide you with opportunities to:

Conduct hands-on research. You will begin participating in research as a first-year student, and you will do an independent research project or engage in research with a faculty mentor as early as your sophomore year. Some of Professor Richard Kliman’s students are involved in a research project (joint with researchers at Duke University) that is examining genetic recombination and molecular evolution in fruit flies.

Utilize first-rate laboratory facilities. Learn and do research with sophisticated instrumentation currently being used in the workplace.

Take a variety of specialized courses. We offer courses ranging from conservation biology to human health, allowing you to personalize your program of studies. You may also choose to double major or minor with any program outside of biological sciences, or add a concentration in our nationally respected and fully accredited forensic science program.

Learn and practice leadership. Through coursework, research and presentations, you will develop essential leadership skills. As an upper-class student, you will also have the opportunity to mentor first-year students by serving as a research director for their research projects.

Apply for competitive internships. During the summer following your sophomore year, you may apply to participate in field experiences such as those provided by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Embark on a study-abroad program. If you choose to study abroad, you will conduct important field studies and learn about other cultures—a key component of success in today’s global community.

Alumnae Success Stories

Students who have graduated from Cedar Crest’s biology program have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Agriculture and integrated pest management
  • Education
  • Forensic science
  • Government research
  • Medical professions
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Scientific publishing
  • College and university teaching /research
  • Zoos/wildlife management

Program Mission Statement

Within the broader mission of the department of biological sciences, the mission of the biology major is to promote an understanding of the structure and function of, and the interrelationships among, biological systems. To accomplish this mission, students study biological systems at all structural levels of the biological hierarchy: molecules and cells; organisms; and populations, communities, and ecosystems.

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Click here for the requirements checklist with forensics.