Buzz Hoagland, Ph.D. (Chair)

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Professor and Chair

212 Wilson Hall
413-572-5308 office
413-572-8109 fax


B.A., State University of New York, Potsdam
M.S., Northern Arizona University
Ph.D., University of Vermont
Joined Westfield State University in 1994 (when it was still a State College)


Technology in Biology Education
Evolutionary Genetics
Population Biology


Philosophy: Students enrolled in my courses engage in the process of science. They learn how to conduct scientific investigations, practice the process of scientific reasoning in a pursuit of an understanding of the basic concepts of biology, and work collaboratively. Science is not complete until the practitioner communicates her/his findings/understanding to others. Therefore, students in my classes must persuade others through use of printed and spoken words.


I have been studying the population biology and genetics of introduced insular small Indian mongoose populations since the late 1970s. You can learn more about this research at

Spring Teaching Schedule:

BIOL 129 Lab0LAWilson 216M 12:35-3:25
BIOL 129 Lab0LBWilson 216T 8:15-11:05

Spring Office hours:

M: 8:00-9:00; W: 10:00-11:00; R: 8:00-9:00 by appointment

Spring 2015 Meeting Schedule:

Departmental Meetings/Chair's Meetings: M - 3:30-5:00
Parking Ticket Appeals Board: TBA
AUC Meetings: W 3:00-5:00

Courses that I have taught:
BIOL 104: Human Biology
BIOL 106: Biology Today
BIOL 128: Introduction to Organismal, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology (formerly part of Biological Concepts)
BIOL 129: Introduction to Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (formerly part of Biological Concepts)
BIOL 203: Genetics I
BIOL 221: Vertebrate Physiology
BIOL 227: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 181: Second-Year Seminar
BIOL 280-289: Biology Seminars
BIOL 336: Molecular Genetics
BIOL 388: Biology Internship
BIOL 399: Independent Studies
BIOL 500: Human Genetics