The mission of the Department of Biology of Washington & Jefferson College is to provide a challenging and exciting environment where students develop the skills and background necessary to be both well-informed, responsible citizens and highly competitive scholars in their chosen field. The faculty is committed to teaching through research and providing a diversity of learning experiences. We support curricular goals of the College through skills development and general education for majors and non-majors through courses offered by our department, interdisciplinary courses, and Freshman Forum. Students completing the major learn the most current research skills and methodologies through independent student based research projects and internships. The biology department provides a wide variety of learning opportunities outside of the classroom in the form of outreach, student clubs, and field station projects. Biology faculty assumes a leading role in programs that provide training in specific fields such as pre-health, neuroscience, biochemistry, education, and environmental studies. The faculty is also dedicated to the further development of departmental programs through grant writing and student recruitment. We are committed to providing resources and facilities that permit students to use the best possible scientific instruments in an optimal environment.
The biology major and minor is committed to teaching and learning through research in and out of the classroom. Biology students learn the most current research skills and methodologies in coursework, independent student research, field station projects, internships, and student clubs. Many biology students also participate in programs that provide training in specific fields such as pre-health, neuroscience, biochemistry, education, and environmental studies.
For more information, contact Professor Alice Lee.