Explore God’s Living World

Learn to work and think like a scientist while developing an appreciation for biological complexity apparent at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population and ecosystem levels.

Integrate Faith & Science

The mission of the Department of Biology at Houghton is to provide students with the opportunity to explore the living world of God’s creation, in all its intricacy and diversity, within the tradition of the liberal arts.

Infinite Complexity

Houghton biology major Wesley Payette shares about his experience learning more about the world and God through his studies, including off-campus trips to Alaska and Costa Rica.

Courses of Study

Biology Major with…

  • Forestry Emphasis
  • Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis (BA)
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis (BA)

Pre-Health Professions

  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Early Medical School Agreement

Prepare for your future

Whether you wish to pursue research opportunities in public health or molecular biology; engage in a professional health care career as a doctor, dentist or physical therapist; or find your calling as a science teacher or lab technician, a Houghton degree in biology will prepare you well.

Research opportunities

We are committed to excellence in our teaching and research programs and strive to cultivate the ability of each student.

Experienced biology faculty

Our biology faculty all have doctorates in their fields. Their areas of specialization include molecular biology, cell biology, ecology, botany, behavior ecology, immunology, microbiology and biological oceanography.

Careers in Biology

A Houghton degree in biology opens doors to a variety of careers.

What They’re Doing

  • Cardiopulmonary technician
  • College science professor
  • Dentist
  • Director of clinical ethics
  • Environmental engineer
  • Forester
  • High school teacher
  • Medical missionary
  • Optometrist
  • Physician assistant
  • Physician
  • Physical therapist
  • Research assistant
  • Soil and water district engineer
  • Veterinarian

Grad schools attended

  • Arcadia University
  • Boston University
  • Cornell University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Drexel University
  • Framingham State College
  • Hahnemann Medical School
  • Hershey Medical College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Michigan State
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • Old Dominion University
  • Penn State
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Roswell Park Institute
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Syracuse University School of Environmental
  • Science and Forestry
  • Temple University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry (New Jersey)
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Vermont
  • University of West Virginia
  • Utah State University
  • Yale University

Faculty & Staff

David Brubaker

Assistant Professor of Biology, Director of Health Services, College Physician
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Miriam Case

Academic Departments Coordinator for Paine Science Center
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Jill Jordan

Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Associate Professor of Mathematics
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Eli Knapp

Professor of Ecology
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Eden Palmer

Adjunct Professor of Exercise Science
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Jamie Potter

Professor of Biology; Director of Pre-Health Professions
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Ransom Poythress

Associate Professor of Biology
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Vanessa White

Adjunct Professor of Exercise Science, DPT
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Don Wilcox

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
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