Should I Major in Biology?
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Pre-Health & Pre-Vet
Biology Photo Gallery
Natural History at SBC
CONGRATULATIONS, PROFESSOR MORRISSEY!
John Morrissey is the recipient of the 2010 Connie Burwell White
Excellence in Teaching Award. Presented by the Student Government
Association, the award is voted on by the entire student body.
who presented their work
at the Biology Research Symposium on 29 April (left to right):
- Kaitlyn Wieditz, Dots and stripes: Pattern learning in the angelfish,
- Natalie Stapp, Age and growth of chain catsharks, Scyliorhinus retifer
- Brittany Lindsey, Effect of white-tailed deer on Sweet Briar College's
- Amey Landreth, Analysis of the white-tailed deer population at Sweet
- Heather Critz, Determining the effectiveness of cisplatin and analogs
on leukemia cell lines
- Mary Rachel Taylor, Microsatellite identification in Harmonia axyridis
- Helen Phillips, Histology and replacement rate of teeth in chain catsharks
- Alle Taylor (not in photo), Progenitor cell differentiation into mammalian
coronary vessel cell types
In addition to the links on the left, we
have gathered many of our favorite photographs in two pdf presentations.
Click here to download
a pdf presentation on the Biology Department (3MB)
Click here to
download a pdf presentation on Field Biology at Sweet Briar (4.5MB)
About the Biology
We share a commitment to our students and the college, a
fascination with the natural world, and enthusiasm for teaching
- We provide
a comprehensive biology curriculum for students interested
in research, education, conservation and the health professions.
A strong program is never static, and we have recently added courses
in Marine Biology, Biomathematics, Insect Biology and Conservation
Biology. In addition to a Biology major, we offer a Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology major jointly with the Department
biology is an important component of our curriculum.
We take advantage of our 3200 acre campus in Field Natural History,
Plant Kingdom, Ecology, and Insect Biology.
- Faculty research
is supported through an institutional faculty grants program.
In addition, we have been successful in obtaining grants from
the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health,
the Jeffress Memorial Trust, LI-COR, the Virginia Academy of Sciences,
and the Virginia Commonwealth Health Research Board.
- Our state-of-the-art
equipment has been obtained through NSF-ILI, CCLI and
research grants, Jeffress Research Grants, and an endowment from
the Kresge Foundation.
encourage and support student research.
Biology majors gain research experience in lab courses before
completing a semester or more of independent research. Research
is required for the B.S. degree and is optional for the B.A.
Research students participate in a colloquium and present
their research at a departmental symposium. We continually
increase our expectations for student research, and our students
continually rise to the challenge.
enjoy collaboration with one another, as well as with
faculty in other departments.
Members of the Biology Department have conducted joint research
projects with members of the Chemistry and Environmental Studies
Departments; have written a biomathematics textbook with members
of the Mathematics Department and colleagues at the University
of Virginia School of Medicine; and have taught interdisciplinary
courses with colleagues in Studio Art, Creative Writing, Math