Take advantage of year-round research to earn your biology degree
The biology program at Eckerd College will teach you to think like a scientist, solving problems in new ways. Classes are small and our faculty attentive so by the time you graduate, your professors will know you well enough to write powerful recommendations for grad school or jobs.
Want to do original research? All you have to do is ask.
Every Eckerd professor is available to students for a minimum of 8 hours a week – twice that of most other schools. That means closer relationships and better learning.
Use advanced equipment like our Zeiss AxioImager M2 Microscope with Apotome 2 optical sectioning and ADI physiology data acquisition kits, which can be used for everything from heart rate recordings to measuring the neural activity of a cockroach.
Our subtropical setting in Florida means lots of opportunities for biology field research virtually all year long. Nearby Tampa Bay is a scientific hub that includes hospitals, biomedical labs, federal and state agencies and research libraries.
In Their Own Words
“Studying biology at Eckerd is awesome because you have so many opportunities; opportunities to do research and opportunities to learn to solve problems in a different way. For instance, my freshman year I walked into Dr. Flaherty‘s office and asked to do research in her lab. Minutes later I was in the lab learning important skills.”
— Julia Tanquary, Class of 2017, NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Beyond the Classroom
Work side by side with full-time professors to study how supplements might improve the cellular pathology in Alzheimer’s Disease or investigate how the smallest microbes influence the physiology of corals and other cnidarians.
- There’s no shortage of things to clean in the Gulf of Mexico. Join one of our coastal cleanup projects or volunteer with Tampa Bay Watch.
- Choose from Alternative Spring Break service trips such as “Spiritual Environmentalism” in Puerto Rico and “Pollution Education” in the Bahamas.
Genetics & Molecular Biology
This course helps you develop research skills in both classical genetics systems and modern molecular approaches.
Examines problems such as species decline, invasion by non-native species, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity, as well as potential solutions.
Lab classrooms in the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences make learning seamless – no need to cart your backpack down the hall for lab – and the coffee shop in the lobby keeps those neurons firing.
Bio classes also make use of our new greenhouse, campus palm hammock and the local intercoastal waterways.
What can I do with a biology degree?
- Biologist or education specialist at an aquarium
- Data analyst
- Field technician in ecology or wildlife biology
- Fishery observer
- Healthcare simulationist
- Lab manager
- Molecular microbiologist
- Physician’s associate
- Research associate
- Scientific medical writer
- Scientist in an environmental consulting firm
- Scientist in city, county, state, or federal government agency
- Textbook illustrator
Where our biology majors go to graduate school
- American University
- Columbia University
- Clemson University
- Cornell University
- Duke University
- Emory University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- Texas A&M University
- Tufts University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Vanderbilt University
Where our biology majors go to work
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
- All Children’s Hospital
- American Cancer Society
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Moffitt Cancer Center
- Tampa Bay Research Institute
- Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments
Eckerd College Biology news
- From a Hardee’s parking lot, Eckerd College graduate and her former professor team up to publish a research paper - January 2, 2024
- Eckerd College professor and her former student collaborate to publish a research paper on imperiled Florida shorebirds - December 7, 2023
- Eckerd College senior to teach STEM classes in Kenya as part of Peace Corps program - November 14, 2023
- With a grant from NOAA, Eckerd College professors collaborate with public school teachers to share lessons on plastic pollution - November 10, 2023
- Eckerd College marine science professors and students race to help save Florida’s coral reefs and stone crabs - July 21, 2023
- Eckerd College Marine Science program receives $1 million congressionally directed award - June 16, 2023