Investigate life—from molecules and cells to ecosystems and evolution. Participate in original research and hone your analytical skills in a thriving scientific community.
About the Biology Program
Biology at Mills offers coursework spanning the discipline’s breadth and diversity. Biology majors receive excellent preparation for graduate study and careers in varied fields, including the health sciences, biotechnology, and environmental conservation.
Your professors will get to know you personally and work with you individually to develop your scientific skills. In small, collaborative classes, you’ll gain a strong foundation in basic biology before moving on to advanced study in diverse biological sciences. Biology majors choose one of three options:
- General biology, offering a range of upper-division electives
- Concentration in ecology, evolution and behavior, providing training at the intersections of ecology, evolutionary biology, and its related disciplines
- Concentration in cell and molecular biology, focusing on biological mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level
Whichever path you choose, you’ll be encouraged to participate in a vibrant, faculty-led research program on campus, using state-of-the-art instrumentation in an atmosphere of support and scientific rigor. You can also gain hands-on experience at field research sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, through internships at off-campus laboratories, or by volunteering at community health centers. All majors complete a senior thesis involving faculty-supervised original research or a comprehensive analysis of literature on a topic of interest. View our program details for in-depth information on the major and minor.
Courses You Could Take
Principles of Evolution & Adaptation
Molecular Cell Biology