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The world is our laboratory and the laboratory is our world

Earlham's Biology program encompasses all facets of biology, from cell to ecosystems, from neuroscience to environmental science and health. From day 1, you will have unparalleled access to our faculty who teach and do research in and at the intersection of our different disciplines - environmental science, neuroscience, biochemistry, health science, ecology, evolution, and cell and molecular biology.

Want hands-on research? It begins with your first biology course. Throughout your Earlham experience, you'll do research in the field and lab. You'll also apply what you learn beyond campus through internships, opportunities with our research partners and amazing off campus experiences across the U.S. or overseas.

Plus, you'll be part of a community that cares about you and has a rich history of success in placing students into life science graduate programs. Our faculty will get to know you by first name (you'll do the same with them) and they will use their resources and networks to help you discover and follow your career path. We embrace who you are and will challenge you to think outside the box. We believe in developing the whole person, as well as the biologist within.


Earlham ranks in the top ten in the U.S. for the percentage of our graduates who earn doctorates in the life sciences.

You can do Biology research around the world from our own campus to Alaska, Borneo, Hawaii, New Zealand, Tanzania/Kenya, Bahamas, the Amazon rain forest, and the Galapagos Islands.

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 has recently invested over $30 million in state-of-the-art science facilities. We have a fully equipped molecular biology lab, a digital fluorescence microscope, a greenhouse, a natural history museum, and a human cadaver lab. All our facilities are designed to facilitate innovating learning, active partnerships and, most importantly: collaboration, discovery and deep learning.

From The Department

Stanley Hall was renovated in August 2013 at a cost of $17.6 million, making the science facilities at Earlham College more collaborative, efficient and visible. The projects modernized and reconfigured labs for optimal collaboration between chemistry, biology and biochemistry, better reflecting the way science is conducted today and giving students more opportunities to participate in research across the disciplines.

Topher Weiss-Lehman
An NSF Grant to Study Invasive Microbes

Topher Weiss-Lehman ’10 is studying invasive species through a theoretical lens.

John Iverson
Turtle Expert

Professor Emeritus of Biology John Iverson’s turtle research has provided summer research experiences for students for more than 30 years.

Rachel Riggs
Cold-blooded Friends

During four years at Earlham, Rachel Riggs ’18 developed strong friendships with her peers. A few reptiles at Earlham’s Joseph Moore Museum might want to call her a friend as well.


Our Faculty

Dan Atwater
Assistant Professor of Biology

Peter Blair
Professor of Biology; Co-Director, Center for Global Health and the Integrated Program in Health Sciences

John Iverson
Professor Emeritus of Biology; Biology Research Professor

Nora Lahr
Instructor in Biology

Heather Lerner
Director of the Joseph Moore Museum; Associate Professor of Biology

Karen Mager
Assistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability

Lindsey McGee
Assistant Professor of Biology

Bob Rosenberg
Professor of Biology

Brent Smith
Professor Emeritus of Biology

Chris Smith
Associate Professor of Biology

Emmett Smith
Assistant Professor of Biology

Wendy Tori
Associate Professor of Biology; Martha Sykes Hansen Endowed Chair in Biology for Ornithology

Anne Houtman
President of Earlham; Professor of Biology

Jose-Ignacio Pareja
Director of Science and Technology Commons; Science, Technology Learning Specialist

Daniel Thompson
Biology Stockroom Manager

Kim Allen
Administrative Assistant

The Program

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.