Make meaning in life sciences


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A biology education strengthened by its setting.

Prepare for life by studying it at the cellular level.

With great teaching from devoted mentors and many opportunities to hone your skills in laboratory or field settings, we’ll get you ready for a range of careers—from biotechnology to forensics to ecology. Our 130,000-square-foot science center supports a variety of learning, research and collaboration spaces.

Hands On

If you want to do biology research at Berry, you (absolutely) can—whether partnering with professors, pursuing your own projects, co-authoring papers or presenting at industry conferences. You might also intern with a research institute or science-based government agency.


Dr. Martin Cipollini
Dana Professor of Biology
Dr. Martin Cipollini

Biology professor Dr. Cipollini spearheads Berry’s Longleaf Pine Project, an ongoing effort to re-establish one of the few remaining stands of the disease-and-pest-resistant Mountain Longleaf Pine. Contributing partners on Dr. Cipollini’s research, Berry students share the work of managing the controlled burns necessary to ensure the long-term health of Berry’s forest ecosystem.

This Remarkable Place

We don’t like to brag, but in this case, we must. No other biology program has such immediate access to the range of natural habitats—mountains, rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands and forests—to be found on our (world’s largest, more bragging, sorry!) 27,000-acre campus.

Biology Courses

BIO 382
Coral Reef Ecology

In this summer study abroad course, you’ll observe a variety of fascinating organisms (corals, urchins, sting rays, sharks and more) on a reef off the coast of Honduras. (Students must become SCUBA-certified prior to the trip.)

BIO 415 I
Behavioral Ecology

Study animal behavior in an evolutionary context, including such topics as mate choice, parental care and communication. The lab portion will utilize Berry’s extensive campus for observing deer, salamanders and coyotes. 

BIO 335 I

Gain new appreciation for parasites—complex organisms that manage to evade destruction by the host immune system. This interdisciplinary exploration is for anyone interested in health-related careers as well as those with a more organismal focus.

Biology LIVES

Berry donors gave Leah Bolden the chance to earn her future.

Leah Bolden, a Gate of Opportunity Scholar, has been attending Chicago Medical School. True to Berry’s mentorship spirit, one of her campus mentors and both her Gate of Opportunity donors attended her White Coat Ceremony. And true to Berry’s service spirit, Leah was awarded a Franklin Fellowship last year, and will spend this next year developing and implementing a service project to improve the health of local populations in need.

Leah Bolden

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