The mission of the Biology Program is to provide a strong undergraduate education in the fundamental principles of biology and train students to use the research methods practiced by biologists. The program is designed to prepare undergraduates for future careers in life sciences research, biotechnology, medicine, dentistry, and other allied health fields.
New Faculty to Join the Department
Two new faculty members will be joining the Department in August. Swati Agrawal is a new Assistant Professor in the Department. Her research interest is cell biology. She will be teaching Biol 340 (Cellular Biology). Ginny Morriss is also a new Assistant Professor in the Department. A geneticist, Dr. Morriss’ research focuses on understanding how deregulation of energy metabolism pathways in the disease myotonic dystrophy type 1 leads to skeletal muscle wasting. Among other courses, Ginny will be teaching (Biol 341) General Genetics.
New Addition to Jepson Scheduled to Open in the Fall, 2019
The new addition to the Jepson Science Center will open in time for the Fall, 2019 semester. While the Biology Department will still be housed in the original building, the renovation means a few changes for the Biology Department. Chemistry faculty offices have moved to the 4th floor, replaced by Biology faculty offices. Now, most Biology Department faculty offices will be located on the third floor, while four Biology faculty will occupy 4th floor offices. The 4th floor student lounge has been replaced by two computer labs, one for chemistry and one for biology. In addition, many of the Biology Department labs have been renovated and or moved to different locations in the original building. Overall, it means an expansion and improvement in the Biology Department facilities.
New Tracks Added to the Biology Program
The Biology Department has added a new Conservation Biology Track to the undergraduate program in Biology at UMW. Conservation Biology is a track leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. This track is designed for students interested in public or private-sector careers in fields such as endangered species protection and recovery, habitat conservation, conservation biology education, and fisheries and wildlife management. Additionally, it prepares students for graduate study in conservation biology in cases where graduate degrees are required for particular careers.
The Department is also is the process of submitting a request to officially create a Biomedical Sciences Track. The proposed track is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences. The track provides students with the knowledge and the skills to be successful candidates for graduate study in a broad range of health related fields including medical, dental, physician’s assistant, nursing, physical therapy, and more. If approved in 2019, the track will go into effect the Fall, 2020 semester.
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- Faculty & Staff
- Biology Department Honors Program
- Scholarships and Awards
- Experiential Learning for Biology Majors
- Undergraduate Research in Biology
- Information for First-Year Students
- Information for Transfer Students
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