Biology

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Opportunities abound in the Biology department! Check out what our faculty and students are doing.

Biology is a process of inquiry using observation, modeling and experimentation to investigate living organisms, their evolution, and their interactions with the environment. Your learning experiences will reveal the intricacies of the natural world and provide useful research skills.

We offer both a major (BS) and a minor in biology.

What Will I Study?

Diversity; anatomy and physiology of animals, plants, and other organisms; genetics; ecology; and evolution are just some of the topics in this multi-faceted major.

Biologists rely on critical thinking and sound scientific reasoning. You'll learn to apply these skills to collaborative research projects with your professors or in biology-related internships.

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

The biology major prepares you for a job or graduate school in areas like:

  • Biotechnology industry
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecology
  • Medicine, dentistry, and other health-related careers
  • Natural resource management
  • Pharmacy
  • Research
  • Secondary education
  • Veterinary medicine

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • Veterinary student, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
  • Lab technician at TriTech Laboratories
  • Veterinary assistant at The Animal Hospital of Lynchburg
  • Migration Counter, New Jersey Aubodon Society
  • Associate Scientist, Intrexon Corporation
  • Research Technician, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Virginia Department of Health
  • PhD student, Department of Entomology, Texas A & M University

For more information about the Department of Biology, contact Dr. Kari Benson, benson@lynchburg.edu

Alumni in Action

Doug John -Alumnus Doug John '82, MAd '89, chemistry and biology double-major, now owns his own microbrewery, "Apocalypse Ale Works." Read his story.