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About the department


Our Mission Is To Prepare Students For . . .

  • Professional careers in biology and science education
  • Admission to graduate and professional schools in the life and health sciences
  • Understanding the relevance of science to the broader world in accordance with our liberal arts mission

Biology 211 "Microscopes and Cells" lab, Fall 2001 Lab Section


The Biology Department program fulfills its mission by providing students with foundation courses that present major concepts in biology and provide opportunities for science and non-science majors to experience laboratory experimentation.  We are concerned that all students become comfortable with quantitative data analysis, interpretation of observations, and the evaluation and application of new information.  We facilitate the mastering of advanced majors concepts and methods through specialized courses that involve research - whether in terms of analyzing and understanding current literature in particular sub-disciplines or participating hands-on in original faculty-driven projects.


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