Our biology majors enjoy small classes and laboratory sections, even in General Biology. Our professors are committed to teaching and undergraduate research, and about half of our majors perform individual lab research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many of these result in published scientific papers with students as co-authors and/or public presentations at state and national scientific meetings.


HHMI Project

Initiatives funded by an $800,000 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant are preparing students to become leaders in science research and medicine. The project includes creating student research experiences, boosting the diversity of students who study science, and supporting faculty and curriculum development.

Learn more about the project

Undergraduate Research

Student research is an important element of the biology curriculum and teaching basic research skills is one of the missions of the biology faculty.

Learn more about student research in biology

Lab TA Program

The laboratory teaching assistant has considerable responsibility for the teaching and general management of the lab and evaluation of the students in the laboratory section.

Learn more about the Lab TA program

Degree Requirements

There are many exciting discoveries in medicine, genetics, molecular biology, agriculture, and ecology. The biology curricula are designed to prepare students to contribute to these developments by preparing them for careers in research, teaching, or the health professions industries.

Learn about degree requirements

Teaching and Research Support Specialist

The Department of Biology at Lafayette College invites applications for a Teaching and Research Support Specialist beginning August 1, 2016. We seek a well-organized, detail-oriented individual who can successfully manage multiple tasks. This individual will provide assistance for course-based research laboratories and may assist with our general biology laboratories. This person would also support field laboratories including driving the department van to and from field sites, working with plants, instrumentation for our teaching program, maintain a stock room for media and supplies, and other assistance deemed appropriate by, and in consultation with the Department Head. We prefer a candidate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology or a related field, and experience teaching undergraduates. The department is also interested in applicants with broad and diverse experiences, training, and scholarly interests who can contribute to enriching diversity in the curriculum and enhance the vibrant learning community at Lafayette College.

All application materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation) should be submitted to Lisa Pezzino at pezzinol@lafayette.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning July 15, 2016 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this position should be addressed to the search chair, Robert Kurt, at kurtr@lafayette.edu or by calling 610-330-5681.

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.