Biology Department

Biology is the study of life, from microbes to mammals and fungi to flowering plants. Biology examines the details of the cell and the intricacies of the human body, from life processes too small to be seen with the most powerful microscope to life events too grand to be viewed over a century.

Whatever your major or your career plans, the Biology Department offers a variety of courses to meet your needs. For students who wish to pursue a career in life sciences, the department oversees the Associate in Arts and Sciences degree with these options:

Biology Option
Biotechnology Option

Some special features that our department manages or uses are: the college greenhouse, an extensive nature trail system, and seven dedicated laboratories.

Many students also enjoy participating in the HCC Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, which conducts field trips, service projects and other activities.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000