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Biology

Dr. Maureen Romine, Department Chair
Ivan Hilton Science Building, Room 324,
505.454.3264
FAX: 505.454.3103
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About

The Department of Biology values teaching and research as equal and essential components of the education of our students and seeks to integrate research with teaching at every possible opportunity in the curriculum. Housed in the Ivan Hilton Science Center, students enjoy modern laboratories and instrumentation.

The department offers both BA and BS programs in biology. A recommended curriculum /or plan of study, is available for all degrees.

For those with an interest in teaching with an emphasis in science, other options, aside from earning a degree in biology, include a BA in general science for secondary school teachers (Grades 7 – 12), a minor in general science for elementary school teachers (Grades K – 5), or a combined science minor.

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Mission of the Biology Program

The mission of the Biology Program is to provide students with a high quality education that includes experience with research and field projects. The program provides a scientific and technical background that empowers students to successfully pursue science and technology careers or proceed to advanced graduate studies. Faculty strives to make each student’s educational experience challenging and rewarding.

The Biology Program prides itself on its ability to place students into bioscience careers. Data suggest that our graduates are highly successful in being admitted to and completing medical, dental, and veterinary schools and graduate programs nationwide. The department attributes this success to intensive biology laboratory and field experiences with cutting-edge technology and instructors committed to individual student progress. Facilities include laboratories in physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant biology, and a greenhouse, as well as nearby field sites for ecological research. A computer laboratory with bioinformatics software is available for classes and student use. Students majoring in biology are taught the practical use of common scientific instrumentation they will encounter in their careers. All biology students seeking a BS are required to complete an undergraduate research project that provides students with a realistic perspective of biology and how scientific investigations are conducted.

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Preparation for Careers in Health Sciences: Dentistry, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, etc.

Entry into professional school is often dependent upon success in a selected series of courses rather than completion of a particular major program. Thus, the choice of a specific major is frequently flexible. In addition, the extent of pre-professional training needed varies considerably.

Some areas where pre-professional advising is appropriate are:

Pre-medicine Pre-optometry

Pre-dentistry Pre-occupational therapy

Pre-pharmacy Pre-veterinary medicine

Pre-physical therapy Medical technology

Pre-engineering

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Graduation Roadmap:

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