The biology program in Natural Science Division is located in the Kemper-Redd Science Center. The biology program offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. The biology curriculum aims at awakening the student's interest in the living world, developing scientific habits in pursuing knowledge in science. The biology program is designed to provide students with a broad background and a solid foundation in biology on which they build their future careers.
Careers In Biology
Career options are virtually unlimited for the biologists. Because new opportunities for biologists are developing in almost all professional areas, your experience and training as a biologist will be in demand. The following are examples of areas in which biologists can work: consultant or researcher to industry; government researcher or technician; researcher in bioinformatics; research and development; field biologist; conservation biologist; teacher; biostatistician; quality control; space industry. Your experience and training in biological science at A-B will also prepare you for a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, research, teaching and other biological vocations.
Opportunities for Involvement
You will have advantages and opportunities within A-B's campus community to develop interpersonal communication and organizational skills, and to become more confident about meeting and directing people. Experiences in social and service groups, student government, student publications, or in musical and theatrical presentations can contribute to your personal and professional growth. There are opportunities for you to be involved in the Outdoor Club, ZAG (Zetta Alpha Gamma) Science Club, Regional and National scientific conferences, as well as Division luncheons and picnics.
Program of Study
The required curriculum for this major provides the basic core of courses to emphasize the study of living organisms and life processes. The course of study focuses on the concepts and techniques necessary for solution to real-world problems. Included are focuses on the acellular entities, cell structure, cellular metabolism, cellular organisms, plants, animals, as well as body form and function at the organismal level. Molecular concepts, genetics, metabolism, physiology, anatomical study, and the interrelationships of living organisms are included. The required courses are supplemented by courses selected to increase study in the desired area of concentration. Field study, anatomy, microbiology, genetics, and/or zoology are possible concentrations.
Because of the close relationships that exist among biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, our program is highly integrated. It is possible to obtain a Bachelor's degree in both biology and chemistry in four years. A combined knowledge in both biology and chemistry can give you more competitive edge in your pursuing of your career, such as when applying to medical school. A combined knowledge in both biology and computer science might get you a cutting-edge career in bioinformatics or biostatistics.
At Alderson-Broaddus you can be assured that you'll have current, well-equipped laboratories, and that you'll be able to use any of the facilities needed for both field study and molecular and DNA analysis. While larger schools may boast more equipment, most of it is reserved for research and for graduate students. The laboratories at Alderson-Broaddus have more than the essential pieces of equipment that you'll need to learn for successful entrance into graduate school or the work world.
Undergraduate Research Experience
Students will gain valuable research experience that will help them in obtaining acceptance in graduate and professional schools. There are several opportunities available for you to apply for financial support for research including grants from faculty members, the Appalachian College Association, WV-BRIN and other agencies. Type of research can include ecological, biomedical, molecular and environmental sciences.
A Tradition of Excellence
Alderson-Broaddus is well known for excellence in preparing science and health care professionals. More than half of the students at Alderson-Broaddus are enrolled in medically-related programs such as physician's assistant and nursing, and in other science based programs. A-B graduates have an outstanding record of acceptance into professional schools of their interest, such as medical, dental, and graduate schools, and to other programs of advanced study.