The biology major and minor prepare students for careers in biology or related fields by incorporating the most current research skills and methodologies in coursework, independent student research, field station projects, internships, and student clubs.

Biology students also have opportunities to participate in training programs in specific fields, including pre-health, neuroscience, biochemistry, education, and environmental studies.

The Biology major and minor are associated with the Department of Biology. A major requires 16 courses and a minor requires six. Biochemistry, thermal physics, experimental neuroscience and independent research are among the courses incorporated the biological physics major.

Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog. Information about what current students and alumni of the program are doing is available on the W&J Biology Facebook page.


Ronald J. Bayline, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Biology

Jason S. Kilgore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Yi-Tak (Megan) Lai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Alice G. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

James G. March, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Anne K. McGrain, Ph.D.
Biology Program Coordinator

Anupama Shanmuganathan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Kelly M. Weixel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology; Director, Neuroscience Program

Thomas A. Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Candy S. DeBerry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology