The Biology major and minor prepare students for careers in biology or related fields by incorporating the most current research skills and methodologies in coursework, independent student research, field station projects, internships, and student clubs.
The Biology program engages students in an exciting and challenging environment where they master biological concepts and develop scientific competencies necessary to be critical thinkers, successful professionals, and responsible citizens. Faculty embraces a student-centered approach in a nurturing environment that combines personalized advising, innovative curricular and extracurricular experiences, and research opportunities to promote students’ personal and professional development.
Within the liberal arts curriculum, our students forge explicit connections between their education in the life sciences and their chosen careers and pursuits. As actively engaged scholars in their field, the Biology faculty lead students into the exploration of the life sciences through innovative and collaborative teaching methods, including classroom discussions, technology-enhanced learning, interdisciplinary collaborations, and laboratory and field experiences.
Biology students become scientifically proficient by critically reading, discussing, and presenting primary literature; applying current research techniques in class research projects, independent studies, and internships; and developing their responsibility as biologists through outreach and service activities and clubs.
Biology faculty strives to provide excellent opportunities for students by leading programs in specific fields such as pre-health, neuroscience, and biochemistry; contributing to the liberal arts curriculum; sustaining and developing new programs through grant writing and student recruitment, and providing contemporary and dedicated resources and facilities for biological research. Biology faculty mentor students as they navigate their way to success in their academic program and progress towards their professional goals. Students can also participate in training programs, internships and research opportunities with field professionals at W&J and at other institutions and organizations. Students have access to state-of-the-art, dedicated resources and facilities for biological research, and to Abernathy Field Station, a 57-acre outdoor classroom encompassing many different ecosystems.
We build lifelong relationships among faculty, students, and alumni that extend beyond the College through mentoring, work, and service opportunities. We are a community of scholars who share experiences, triumphs, and struggles. Available to the Department of Biology for course instruction and student independent study projects is the Abernathy Field Station, located four miles southeast of the campus. The field station is a 54-acre natural area of sugar maple-mixed hardwood forest with a small field, two streams, and an arboretum containing more than 150 different tree species.
The Biology major and minor are associated with the Department of Biology. A major requires a minimum of 11.5 courses and a minor requires seven. Biochemistry, thermal physics, experimental neuroscience and independent research are among the courses incorporated the biological physics major.
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Last updated February 13, 2018