/ Biology Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

Learn science by doing science.


Biology faculty at Hope College consider their job to be research with undergraduates. That doesn’t just mean working in a lab with a small number of advanced students — it also means designing the entire curriculum to support research with students, from Intro to Biology on up.

It takes the real thing — grant writing, sophisticated equipment, student attendance at professional meetings, peer-reviewed publication — to teach the real thing.

Learn about research opportunities 


Off-campus internships are an excellent way to gain biology experience outside the classroom. Recent graduates have interned at:

  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Brookfield Zoo

Find an internship that’s right for you 

Advanced Placement

Studied biology in high school? If you scored a 4 or 5 on your AP exam, you’re eligible to receive credit toward one of our degree programs.

Student Awards

The Biology department recognizes the skills and hard work of our amazing students.  Each year, several awards are given to students based on specific criteria. Learn more about our awards

Student Groups

We invite students with an interest in biology to join a student group.

Study Abroad

With planning, biology majors and minors can make a semester or year off campus part of their studies at Hope. Consider studying:

  • Animal behavior in Australia
  • Immunology in Scotland
  • Ecology in Kenya

Contact the Fried International Center for information about additional trips.