Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Fieldwork
Biological Sciences Fieldwork
Biological Sciences Lab
Biological Sciences Lab
Students sampling on Lake Waban in canoes
Students researching coral reefs in Glover's Reef, Belize
Katie Wright ('12) and a graduate student programming sampling equipment before it is lowered over the side of the ship in L. Baikal, Russia. August, 2013. Katie is part of a USA-Russian team that is exploring plankton biodiversity in Lake Baikal.
Biology 308 students learning about Ethnobotany in Costa Rica.
Katie smiling on board a Russian ship at the beginning of a sampling cruise on Lake Baikal in Siberia. August, 2013. Plankton samples were collected for measurements of functional and genetic diversity.

The study of biology is a dynamic and evolving discipline.

It encompasses an ever-widening range of phenomena, from the workings of tiny molecular pumps and the choreography of cell division to the persistence of communities of plants and animals in the face of global climate change.

Advances in knowledge and technology allow us, for example, to examine minute changes in gene expression, to reveal the source of nutrients via isotopic ratios, quantify the effects of light pollution on aquatic communities, and re-construct the evolution of animal populations and generation of new species.

The faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences maintain high standards for both teaching and research. Indeed several of our faculty members have been awarded The Pinanski Teaching prize to honor their fine teaching. We believe that the best science learning is achieved when paired with hands-on experience. Nearly all courses offered by the department include a laboratory or field-based component where students can design and perform their own experiments.

Our faculty actively pursue extramural funding to support research programs that also train undergraduate students who act as collaborators in the development of that research. The Department is housed in the Science Center where our state of the art equipment and facilities are available to students during courses and for those that take the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty in their independent research and honors theses projects. Our beautiful 700 acre campus also serves as an invaluable experimental and learning resource (Web of Species).

Multiple and diverse opportunities to communicate your love of science and contribute to the community are available through the Science Outreach Program.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department of Biological Sciences
Science Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Gary C. Harris
Professor and Department Chair
gharris@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.3168 (for appointments)

Mary Helen McCollister
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
mmccolli@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.3154

Karin Thomason
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
kthomason@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.3153