The Department of Biology is a community of teacher-scholars, with faculty representing the full breadth of biological specializations — from molecular genetics to landscape/ecosystem ecology.

Our goal is to provide hands-on experiences through classroom laboratories and undergraduate research.  Our faculty and our 45 graduate students welcome our undergraduate majors to engage in independent research ongoing in 23 labs, plant, animal and fungal research/teaching collections, a greenhouse, a sixty-seven acre Nature Preserve adjacent to campus and larger land holdings in the area, as well as access to extensive globally significant surrounding state and federal parks and forests. 

We seek to enable our graduates to gain sound scientific knowledge, learn the skills needed to create new knowledge, the excitement and appreciation of scientific discovery, and the ability to convey that information and enthusiasm to society.  We are dedicated to engaging students in outstanding teaching and we believe that our research and discovery inform the science that we teach.

Department Spotlights

Faculty & Staff

Why did you become a biologist (and specifically the type of biologist you are)?

I have always been fascinated with the water and aquatic animals, but I credit my current career as a...


Brian Mikeworth

When did you graduate?

I started the program in August of 2010 and graduated the program in May of 2012.

What do you currently do?

Currently I work as...

Graduate Students

Leigha Henson is currently a graduate student in the Department of Biology, working with Dr. Howard Neufeld on the effects of climate change on Southern Appalachian mosses. Leigha’s proposed research...