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

Fall 2015 Teaching Schedule:

BIOL 128 Lab0LAWilson 215M 9:20-12:20
BIOL 128 Lab0LDWilson 215T 12:45-3:30
BIOL 128 Lab0LGWilson 215R 9:45-12:30

Fall 2015 Office hours:

M: 1:30-2:30; T: 8:30-9:30; R: 8:00-9:00; or by appointment

Fall 2015 Meeting Schedule:

Departmental Meetings/Chair's Meetings: M - 3:30-5:00
AUC Meetings: W 3:30-5:00

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 280-289: Biology Seminars
BIOL 336: Molecular Genetics
BIOL 388: Biology Internship
BIOL 399: Independent Studies
BIOL 500: Human Genetics