The curriculum is built on an investigative model of science education, whereby students are shown how to use scientific methodology to address complex questions beginning in Intro level courses. The curriculum stresses competence in the scientific method, scientific writing, and information retrieval and analysis, to best prepare students for careers in any field of biology they wish to pursue. We strive to combine the breadth of the liberal arts core curriculum with the depth of the biology courses, and add to the mix as much hands-on experience as a student wishes to do.
The biology major culminates with a capstone experience, where students design, execute and present either a hands-on research project or a critical review of the scientific literature to answer a basic question. Both experiences are modeled on the graduate level thesis and are designed to better prepare students for graduate education in biology. The best capstone research projects have been presented at state, national or international scientific conferences.
You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for microbiology, anatomy cell biology, molecular biology and other fields. The program is housed in the Rickey Science Center, which also provides student-faculty research areas, several computer labs, GIS mapping facility, a rooftop greenhouse, animal quarters, and student lounges.