Captivated by microbiota

Get lost in the fascinating improvisations of ecosystems, cells, and organisms

An image of a Petri dish with weird things growing in it against a white background to represent the Biology major

Hands-on, engaging research is the heart of FLC’s Biology program. With the support of one-on-one mentorship from excellent faculty, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate questions that matter to you, and conduct research applicable to the real world, which is typically reserved for graduate school.


Cynthia Dott, Professor of Biology including environmental biology

"At FLC, field-based study is accessible and exciting. In many Biology courses, our laboratories have the sky for a roof and trees and rivers for the walls."

Concentrations within Biology

Choose from two concentrations within Biology to focus your studies either on the tiny and wondrous worlds of cellular and molecular biology, or the endlessly fascinating relationships occurring within and between organisms in their environmental systems.

Environmental & Organismal

Inquire into the delicate environmental systems and unique organisms that make our world beautiful and complex. Learn about individual taxa—how they thrive, what endangers them, and how they differ from other taxa. Take your understanding of organisms in their ecosystems into further studies or to begin a career in resource management, wildlife biology, environmental consulting or other options.

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Cellular & Molecular

Zoom in and see how life looks under a microscope. Design and execute research to look at processes happening at the level of cells and genes. Investigate questions related to disease, healthy functioning, and genetics. Learn the methods and procedures to prepare you for graduate studies in biological and biomedical research, medicine and other health professions.

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Pre-health Certificate

For students who are interested in a career in allied health professions such as chiropractic, dentistry or nursing, or other health professions such veterinary medicine, we offer advising and course tracks to support you in pursuing that career. We even offer a Pre-Health Certificate.


The road ahead

FLC Biology majors taking river water samples in inflatable kayaks

Your opportunities for independent, original research with direct faculty mentorship put you way out front of the competition, whether you're looking at graduate school or to start working in a lab or in the field.

Imagine yourself as a:

  • Plant ecologist
  • Restoration ecologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Ornithologist
  • Entomologist
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian