Biology is the study of life and living organisms on earth.
MORE THAN JUST SCHOOL, IT’S REAL RESEARCH
Cures for cancer, ways to reverse Alzheimer’s disease, tracking down illnesses caused by pollution—our faculty are front and center in the field of biology, engaged in major research on topics of vital concern to society. And as an undergraduate here, you can help.
Biology is that foundation that underpins a wide variety of specialized studies such as medicine, environmental science and sustainability, animal behavior or agriculture.
You can choose classes that advance you to your own goal, whether it’s veterinary or dental school, helping reverse the effects of climate change or conducting pharmacological research.
Biology is a field where having a liberal arts degree gives you your greatest chance of success. Having been mentored by professors in a variety of fields gives you the breadth professional schools look for, and hones your communication skills, which are crucial to working science.
In Drew’s RISE program, biology majors also have the rare opportunity to conduct research alongside top veteran scientists from industry, the only program of its kind in the nation.
Careers Made easy
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About 80 percent of our biology majors intern during their time at Drew. The rest are doing intern-like projects. We’re one of the few liberal arts universities where students shadow doctors in a busy emergency room—this really helps when applying to med school.
Despite the economy, nearly 100 percent of our grads are employed or in medical or graduate school. Our students excel at getting jobs in their field. And we’re pleased to say that they excel equally well at finding satisfaction in their jobs.
For students interested in medical school, veterinary school and related areas, Drew’s Health Professions Advisory Committee provides curricular guidance and support throughout the application process.
Using GIS, I plotted toxic waste sites in the Ironbound section of Newark, N.J. The data seemed to help persuade the city to vote against installing a new medical waste incinerator. It was a very rewarding experience. The work I did last summer did good.
The RISE program allowed me to do research and build my résumé. I learned scientific skills, met people who have accomplished great things within the scientific world and built connections with people in industry, as well as at graduate schools.
I knew Dr. Knowles was doing research on Alzheimer’s so I asked if I could join in. I hadn’t even had a class with him, but he said yes. We spent a summer isolating placenta stem cells, and then worked on whether they might save neurons in Alzheimer’s patients.
My research lab has successfully harvested placental stem cells from rats, and our recent experiments have suggested that these stem cells can promote a protective environment in the brain. Our hope one day is to use these cells as a therapy for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Yankees fans alert: I’m a die-hard Red Sox fan.
Ph.D., Harvard University
Professor of biology
I’ve studied primate behavior in Peru and Uganda, and recently started research on small mammal population dynamics here in New Jersey. When I’m in the field, what I miss most are hot showers, McDonald’s and not having to wake up before dawn.
Ph.D., Duke University
I’m a molecular biologist whose recent research focuses on DNA replication, exploring the machinery of replication and responses to damage and providing insights into the molecular biology of cancer. I’ve also been known to vacuum and clean the bathroom.
Ph.D., Rutgers University
I’m a molecular biologist with an interest in RNA interference. Right now I’m developing new course materials to help students improve their writing skills. In my spare time, I kickbox.
Ph.D., Northwestern University
I teach ecology, botany and environmental science courses and am working on ecological restoration of the Drew University Forest Preserve. And I once worked fighting fires in Colorado.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
I have a particular interest in microscopy and optical imaging. Recently, I’ve studied Bordetella avium, a bacterium that causes respiratory disease in birds. Little-known fact: I was a visual arts minor in college and love to make origami.
Ph.D., Duke University
I am interested in exploring how various central neurotransmitter systems are affected by pharmacological and environmental manipulations, and how these changes, in turn, are related to behavior. First-day-of-class question: Ask me about kayaking among orcas and minke whales.
Ph.D., Rockefeller University
- Professor of biological sciences
- Tropical ornithologist
Louisiana State University
- Environmental educator
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My Favorite Course
“They were taught by taking everything you learned and combining it together to answer a question rather than it being a memory dump.”
Christian Maggio on Microbiology, Immunology and Virology