Biology Major (BS) and Minor
Biology is the 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.
The biology major offers 2 emphases:
- Education: Students selecting the education emphasis are planning to teach biology at the secondary level. As part of the student’s capstone experience, they will participate in student teaching.
- General: Students selecting the general emphasis are preparing for careers in field biology, laboratory biology, and the health sciences. As part of the student’s capstone experience, they will work with a faculty member on an independent project, typically a collaborative research project or an internship.
We also offer a biology minor.
Areas of 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.
University of Lynchburg Biologist Partners with Smithsonian Researchers
Dr. Nancy Cowden’s wild orchid research hopes to provide key information to aid ongoing conservation efforts for the rare purple fringeless orchid. Read more about the Smithsonian’s visit, Dr. Cowden’s work with Orchids at LC or our Claytor Nature Study Center.
Biology Alum Follows in her Mentor’s Footsteps
Dr. Loriann Garcia ‘10 studied with Dr. John Styrsky in Panama while a biology student at University of Lynchburg. Now Dr. Garcia will lead her own trip to Panama accompanied by Styrsky. Read more about the past collaboration between Garcia and Styrsky and Styrsky’s continued work in Panama with his students.
Maie and LC Students Study Goby Fish in Japan
Dr. Takashi Maie recently earned a Mednick Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges and took a group of University of Lynchburg Students to Japan to study goby fish.
Christine Terry, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
Chair of the Biology Department