Earlham is a leader in student-centered classrooms. Our students engage in research projects of their own design from the very first biology course and classroom activities include problem-based learning and making connections between the biology being learned and students’ lives. Our approach produces graduates ready to participate in the 21st century job market in which collaboration, team leadership, integrative thinking and problem solving are necessary skills. Those going on to graduate programs are exceptionally well-prepared not only because they have deep knowledge but also because they have developed the skills of professional biologists.
Earlham students participate in field research opportunities with professors in Tanzania, New Zealand, Alaska, the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon. They collaborate on laboratory research funded by the National Science Foundation, and land summer positions in laboratories at top research institutions, often mentored by our own alumni.
Earlham ranks in the top ten in the U.S. for the percentage of our graduates who earn doctorates in the life sciences. According to the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium, our alumni have high placement rates in medical school and other health science programs. They are doctors, researchers, educators – and even adventure travel guides. Regardless of the path they follow, our biology majors are well prepared to face the problems of the world and be a part of forging solutions.
Special Learning Opportunities
We offer science-focused international experiences in such places as Bahamas, Borneo, Galapagos, New Zealand, Peru and Tanzania. They also participate in field research in U.S. locations like Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Nebraska and Texas.
Many students spend their summers working in research settings in labs either at Earlham or at major universities like Harvard and Northwestern.
Students gain practical experience at the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History, where students can volunteer, explore, and work in numerous outreach opportunities.
We offer training in contemporary scientific equipment and modern approaches to solve complex problems, including bioinformatics, next generation sequencing, microsatellite analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS).
Recent graduates have earned prestigious post-graduate fellowships including National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, Fulbright Grants and Watson Fellowships.
Our alumni have found work in zoos, museums, with state and federal government, with major corporations, and as educators.
Earlham biology majors have followed a variety of career paths including serving as faculty at major research universities and at liberal arts colleges, researchers at national laboratories such as the NIH and EPA, nursing, public health officials, state conservation agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.
Earlhamites in Biology
When Sylvia Torti ’92 arrived in Chiapas, Mexico in 1994, she thought she was going to gather data for a doctoral dissertation related to bird migration. Instead she had stumbled upon the idea for a novel.More
Quinn Smith '04 worked with others in writing a petition that helped convince the U.S. government to ban all fishing in Arctic waters. The petition and the movement was a truly massive undertaking. More
Earlhamites credited in research that could reduce blindness
Beginning in 2005 with Emily Whiston ‘05, a steady stream of Earlham graduates have gained valuable experience at the Schepens Eye Research Institute/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.