Biology


About

The Department of Biology engages students in an exciting and challenging environment where they master biological concepts and develop scientific competencies necessary to be critical thinkers, successful professionals, and responsible citizens.

The department provides a variety of learning opportunities for both majors and non-majors. Biology Faculty embrace a student-centered approach that combines personalized advising, innovative curricular and extracurricular experiences, and research opportunities to promote personal and professional development. Students learn the most current research skills and methodologies in coursework, independent research, field station projects, internships, and student clubs. Students have presented their research at national conferences.

The Department of Biology offers a major and a minor. The major requires at least nine courses and the minor requires six. Students interested in Biology also can pursue programs in Health Professions, Neuroscience, Environmental StudiesBiochemistry, Forensic ScienceBiological Physics, Education, 3-2 Engineering, or design their own interdisciplinary thematic major.

Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog and in the Biology Majors’ Handbook.

To see what current students are doing and to learn about the variety of careers our recent alumni enjoy please follow the W&J Biology Department Facebook page.

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News

Work of Catherine Davis '04 Featured in 'The Atlantic'

Work of Catherine Davis '04 Featured in 'The Atlantic'
April 24, 2014

Davis is the lead author of a study of the psychological effects of deep-space conditions on astronauts.

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Life of a Rural Doctor Suits Connellsville Man Well

Life of a Rural Doctor Suits Connellsville Man Well
April 16, 2014

Presidents in the Press! Dr. Paul Means '91 is featured in this Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article for work in both his career and his community.

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Steve Berk '07 Featured for Peace Corps Work

Steve Berk '07 Featured for Peace Corps Work
April 16, 2014

Steve Berk '07, who studied cell and molecular biology at W&J, was featured in the Wilmington New Journal for his work in the Peace Corps.

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Faculty


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anupama Shanmuganathan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

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