Prospective Students

Interested in studying biology in a close community where high quality teaching is top priority? Prepare for your career in healthcare or veterinary medicine, molecular genetics, or conservation biology in a research-intensive program led by professors who put your education first.

  • Number of biology majors:  ≈300 (third largest UMW major)
  • Average upper-level class size: 17
  • Graduate teaching assistants: 0  (All classes and labs taught by professors.)
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Our rigorous biology major emphasizes scientific skills applicable to any career, while giving you access to a wide variety of courses to match your specific interests.


Set yourself apart with abundant research opportunities. Faculty research programs are designed to educate students while contributing to science. Engage in a semester-long independent research project or participate in the Summer Science Institute.

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Build your skills on state-of-the-art facilities and equipment: electron microscopes, molecular genetics labs, greenhouse, zebrafish colony, and tissue culture facilities.



See the world! Our faculty-led international programs take students to Central America, the Galapagos Islands, and historic laboratories in Europe.

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Where do our students go after UMW?

  • Emory University
  • Columbia University
  • Virginia-Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Georgetown University Medical School
  • University of Arizona
  • Duke University
  • University of Virginia Medical School

Study at UMW and compete with the best!

 Alexis Pennings DVM student

Contacts for further information:

Biology program:   Lynn Lewis, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Premedical/predental program:  Steve Gallik

Preveterinary medicine program:  Lynn Lewis

Biology Student Association: Fernando Cabezas