Our biology curriculum is among the nation’s most innovative; from your very first class, you learn how to think like a biologist, investigating and interpreting life processes. Biology intersects with many interdisciplinary studies and students are encouraged to participate in off-campus study and independent research, which may include the Conard Environmental Research Area and can prepare you for advanced study or a career in medicine, research, education, environmental science, health, conservation, or other fields.

Navigating our curriculum: Questions, answers, and information to help students successfully choose courses in Biology.


Explore microbiology and novel technologies that help us access and learn about our microbial neighbors and how they influence our lives.

Grinnellians joined more than 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries at 2015 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.