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Evolution by Natural Selection has been called by some the greatest scientific theory ever developed. This story describing how life has changed over time, as initially proposed by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace over 150 years ago, has impacted people in profound and substantial ways. Learn more.

Health Professions Club

This club is designed for students interested in health care related fields to get together and meet to talk about classes, provide opportunities for community service, listen to various health professionals speak about their professions as well as healthcare in general, and most importantly, provide a fun and exciting place for students interested in pursuing health care related fields. Learn more.

The Association of Southeastern Biologists

The purpose of this association is to promote the advancement of biology as a science by encouraging research, the imparting of knowledge, the application of knowledge to the solution of biological problems, and the preservation of biological resources. Learn more.

Special Opportunities for Students

Field Trips and Field Classes

The Department is committed to providing field opportunities where students can acquire experience with many kinds of organisms in a multitude of habitats. Our location in the highlands of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides easy access for class field trips during lab periods and to coastal regions and nearby mountainous areas on weekends. Our on-campus Nature Preserve and other managed land tracts are available for class projects for groups and individuals, and many of the field classes take advantage of these areas for in-depth field investigations. Organismal courses that offer a field component include Ecology, Systematic Botany, Marine Biology, Nature Study, Ornithology, Entomology, Mycology, Ichthyology, Mammalogy, Herpetology, and Animal Behavior-Ethology.

All of our undergraduate students have the opportunity for academic credit from travel courses taught by multiple faculty members. Courses range in length from 10 days to three weeks and offer tremendous opportunities to explore diverse biota around the world. Recently, these courses have taken advantage of learning opportunities in locations as diverse as Costa Rica, Vietnam, Australia, Belize, South Africa, and Hawaii. During the Christmas break, the Department co-sponsors an international trip with the department of Geography and Planning to Costa Rica, where the students study biogeography and ecology.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Department of Biology is committed to providing research opportunities for undergraduates. The broad spectrum of faculty expertise in the department provides many possible research avenues for the motivated student. The department sponsors an active chapter of the Beta-Beta-Beta honor society and frequently has undergraduate students presenting papers at regional and national scientific meetings. Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School sponsor a research day where undergraduates and graduates present their research findings to the university community. Departmental funds are often available for students to attend meetings and present their research findings.

Featured Faculty

For the Fall 2016 installment of our Featured Faculty series, we sat down with Dr. Mary Kinkel, an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, who specializes in Developmental Biology. Her philosophy of teaching and a short description of her research make for fascinating read! 

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