Daniel Hayes '18

biology major

Daniel Hayes ’18

Botany Meets Medicine

"I don’t see what’s wrong with being passionate about two different things. I like plants. I like medicine. I think the research I’ve done and the experiences I’ve had are all applicable to my med school applications."

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Class of '96

Amy Millen

Research: Rethinking the sun

"We've been told to stay out of the sun and now the message may be changing. It's an interesting question from a public health perspective."

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Class of '63

Marianne Koral Smythe

Marianne Koral Smythe

Law: Raising Consciousness

"If I'd like to do anything else in my life other than take care of my family, it would be to raise the consciousness of those who are forgetting about poor and middle class people."

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Biology majors at Bucknell study the very essence of life – from the molecular level to the origin of species.

You'll work with world-renowned professors attempting to find the answers to everything from the death of bats to why humans age. Classroom work is supplemented with lab research and field excursions that give students an intimate view of the lives of working biologists.

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Students gain exposure to current scientific issues, theories and practical applications of biology.

Related fields of study available at Bucknell include animal behavior, environmental studies, cell biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering and neuroscience.

We have a seminar program brings students and faculty together to discuss research in progress or to hear talks by visiting scientists.

Biology majors begin with four core courses: cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, genetics, and population and community. Basic lab techniques are part of these courses.

Our faculty members provide close, personal attention to students in the classroom and in the lab. They are active researchers who often invite students to become involved in their work.

Faculty Spotlight

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Mark Haussmann


Mark Haussmann

"An idea that has permeated gerontology for a century is that prolonged stress hastens the aging process. We're now at the exciting point where we have the knowledge and the tools to test that idea — and we're finding that it's true."

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Kenneth Field


Kenneth Field

"Big data is changing the way we address a lot of questions in science, especially for biology. I want our students to have the experience and the tools that they need to work with that kind of data analysis."

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Hands-on Experience


Research and Field Studies

  • Numerous opportunities exist for research and field studies in laboratories and greenhouses on campus or at the nearby Chillisquaque Creek Natural Area and the Montandon Marsh and wetland.
  • Even as undergraduates, students conducting research projects with faculty may have papers published in respected scientific journals or present papers at professional conferences.

Beyond the Classroom

Study Abroad

  • Fall semester courses and summer fellowships are available at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass.
  • Bucknell offers a Virgin Islands marine science course.
  • Biology majors can explore study abroad options through the Office of International Education. Recently, biology majors have studied in Australia, France and Chile.



Biology majors can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have interned at:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • University of Pittsburgh

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