Small classes, close relationships put you ahead
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 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope 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
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 new 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.
You may also take courses in Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory, which pumps seawater directly into the labs from Tampa Bay for non-invasive study of marine organisms.
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?
- Clinical Psychologist
- Immunology Researcher
- Nurse Practitioner
- Wildlife Ecologist
- Women’s Health Counselor
Where our biology majors go to graduate school
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
- Institute on Science for Global Policy