Biology Program

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The Biology faculty engage students in an exciting and challenging environment where they master biological concepts and develop scientific competencies necessary to be critical thinkers, successful professionals, and responsible citizens. Students use modern instrumentation and methodologies in the laboratory and field through coursework and independent research with faculty who lead programs in pre-health professions, neuroscience, biochemistry, environmental science, forensic science, and biological physics. See the Biology Majors' Handbook for additional information.

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Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J. Students in the Biology program at W&J must also complete a Community Engagement Requirement.

Research and Internships

  • Faculty-led and independent research on topics such as microbial diversity of streams, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, urban ecology, songbird thermal survival, coal mine reclamation, kidney physiology, neuromuscular development, and invasive plants and insects
  • Extensive science research internship program with internal funding and strong alumni support (see the Science Research Internships Wiki for more information)
  • Field research and outdoor class work in the Abernathy Field Station


  • Health professional: doctor, dentist, podiatrist, physician assistant, physical therapist, genetic counselor occupational therapist, registered nurse
  • Veterinarian / Epidemiologist
  • Biomedical / ecological researcher
  • Environmental lawyer / consultant
  • Wildlife / conservation biologist
  • Biology teacher / professor / editor

Biology Faculty

Thomas Contreras portrait

Program Chair

Thomas A. Contreras, Ph.D.

Office: DP 307 Degrees: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida; Ph.D. Carleton University; M.S., M.A.T. and B.S. Central Michigan University Areas of Study Tom Contreras is an associate professor in the Department of Biology. He is a broadly trained ecologist with interests in behavioral ecology and conservation biology. His current research integrates behavioral ecology and…


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