Paul Callo, Department Chair
Kadrin Anderson, Paul Deeble, Mary Jane Epps, Rebecca Haberman, Eileen Hinks
In the Biology Department we believe that the best way to learn science is by doing it — by involvement in thoughtfully designed laboratory work which includes self-designed experiments and by exposure to current methods and questions in the field. We believe that this is important even for non-biology majors, because of both the understanding of science that comes from it and the teamwork and analytical skills which are developed-skills which are valuable in any setting.
Students who major in Biology integrate technique and theory. Whether they are contributing to faculty research or working on a self-designed project, Biology majors have access to equipment and the opportunity to conduct hypothesis-driven research at a high level intended to make an impression in graduate school and beyond. It is expected that this research will incorporate sophisticated techniques and instrumentation and skill in using the primary research literature; this culminates in an original and substantial senior research project and the presentation and defense of a thesis.
Biology is available as a major (BS or BA) and minor. Within the Biology major, there are optional emphases in Biomedical Science or Science Education.