Overview

The Biology Department is a diverse group of progressive and energetic individuals dedicated to instilling in our students a love of biology and the knowledge and skills they will need to excel in their pursuits after Bates College.

Faculty and AI's work closely with students in inquiry-based laboratories in both core and elective courses. (L) Assoc. Prof. Ryan Bavis, (C) Asst. Prof. Larissa Williams, (R) Carolyn Lawson AI.

Faculty and AI’s work closely with students in inquiry-based laboratories in both core and elective courses.       (L) Prof. Ryan Bavis, (C) Asst. Prof. Larissa Williams, (R) Carolyn Lawson AI.

The Biology Department is comprised of eight tenure-track faculty, one visiting faculty, two lecturers, and seven academic and technical support staff members. Our faculty teach a wide range of courses and support a range of undergraduate research opportunities including Honors thesis, thesis, independent study, and small Seminar and Research courses. The support staff includes two full time Assistants in Instruction (AI’s, or lab instructors), half-time contributions from three AIs in the Biological Chemistry and Neurobiology programs, a biology technician who manages the stockroom and departmental accounting, and a technician who oversees laboratory and building-wide safety, research animal care, and the greenhouse facilities.

In Fall 2016, the department welcomes Dr. Andrew Mountcastle as our new tenure-track assistant professor in functional morphology and biomechanics. We look forward to Andrew’s contributions to our program as both a teacher and mentor. We also welcome Amy McDonough as the new Assistant in Instruction for the biological chemistry and molecular biology/bacteriology courses. Amy brings a wealth of experience to the job and we look forward to many good days in lab!

Carnegie Science Building

Carnegie Science main entrance.

The Biology Department occupies the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of the Carnegie Science Building at 44 Campus Avenue, on the south side of the Bates College campus.