Satisfy your curiosity about complex living systems.

The Biology Department challenges students' intellectual curiosity, emphasizing the complexity and interrelatedness of life systems revealed through the unifying law of evolution.

Centenary’s biology department offers courses and degrees in biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience. Classroom and laboratory experiences are designed to give students a broad biological background, while off-campus research and internship opportunities help students prepare for professional and graduate programs.

Centenary has a particularly strong curriculum for students interested in health-related fields. As well as a traditional pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary curriculum, the department is involved in an interdisciplinary environmental science program with several other science departments, so students interested in ecology and organismal biology will find opportunities for study in those fields. The department also administers a neuroscience program. Because Centenary allows students to design their own interdisciplinary major in consultation with faculty members, anyone interested in life sciences will find many educational opportunities at the College.


Featured student Biology Major and faculty work:

Centenary biology students win national video contest

Recent graduate Melissa Traver and current students Samantha Lyons and Andrianna Walsh won the top prize in the American Physiological Society’s Video Contest for their creative entry explaining the effects of Goodpasture syndrome on kidney function.

Research Forum

Each year Students from a variety of disciplines present their work at the annual Research Forum. Biology student Laura Perilloux placed first in poster presentations with her work "Toxic Effects of Cadmium on Neuronal Cells." In oral presentations biology students Jeff Scott and Halen Sumner took first place with their work "Catatonia/Avolition in C. Elegans."


The science of Biochemistry seeks to understand the processes of biological systems in chemical terms.


The Biology program explores the complexity of life systems and provides a strong foundation for a wide variety of professions and continuing education.


The neuroscience program seeks to understand the nervous systems of human and nonhuman animals. It spans scientific specialties from molecule to mind.


Over the past five years, our pre-med program has a 90% medical school acceptance rate! Our science courses are rigorous and require the development of advanced reasoning skills to prepare students for the rigor of medical school.
Contact Info

Dr. Scott Chirhart

Chair of Biology Department

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