Our Faculty

Bette F. Weiss

Professor of Biology

Contact Information


Office Hours

Office: Wilkens Science Center, Room 209-C

Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.; Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S., Simmons College


My passion in Biology is helping students experience the joy of discovery, especially how the human body and other organisms work. It is always exciting for me to work with students, whether they are Biology majors performing their first physiological experiment, seniors successfully completing a complex, self-designed experiment, or non-science majors realizing for the first time how fascinating the body truly is.

Courses I Teach

  • BIOL 1101 - Life on Earth
  • BIOL 1102 and 1103 - Human Biology
  • BIOL 1112 - Biology and Society
  • BIOL 1215 - Introduction to Nutrition
  • BIOL 1501 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 2113 - Human Nutrition
  • BIOL 2135 - Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 2137 - Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 3105 - Endocrinology
  • BIOL 4160 - Seminar
  • BIOL 4194-4195 - Research Internships in the Natural Sciences I - II

Publications + Presentations

  • B. F. Weiss (1996) contributor to Museum of Science Book of Answers and Questions by A. R. Jones, Adams Media Corporation, Holbrook, MA
  • B. Fischer and B. Weiss (1997) "All that glitters is not gold: teaching liberal arts students how to assess technology" Twenty-Second International Conference on Improving University Learning and Teaching at the Faculdade da Cicade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vol. 2, 585-91
  • B. Weiss (2000) "Reflections of a volunteer science educator" The Docent Educator 9:14-16

Research Focus

My current professional activity has focused on the field of science education, especially regarding the inclusion of people who have not had encouragement in science or the opportunity of discovery through hands-on science. These groups include girls and young women, under-represented minorities, students in urban settings and the teachers who work with them.