biology

About the Program

The Biology curriculum is designed to introduce students to the major areas of the biological sciences and to enable them to gain competence in using the concepts and investigate methods appropriate to each. Students may select a course of study suited to their particular interests with emphasis in botany, zoology, cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology and physiology.

Coursework in Biology

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Biology, and includes courses such as:

  • Genetics
  • Animal Behavior
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Plant Science
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology

Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Biology:

  • Agriculture Club
  • Environmental Action Coalition
  • Wildlife Club
  • Health Sciences Club
  • Minds-N-Medicine

Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship. Students also have various opportunities to travel in order to enhance their classroom studies. Some examples are:

  • The Virginia Marine Sciences Institute
  • Patuxant River Naval Air Station
  • Biotechnology Research at Virginia Tech
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Zoological Park

What can I do with a major in biology?

A major in Biology leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) …
  • Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Horticulturist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Health Journalist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Medical Missionary
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Medical Doctor

Experiential & Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Ferrum College believes that hands-on learning is a natural extension of classroom study.

Research puts classroom theory to practice.  In effect, research brings the educational Experience full circle.  As mentors, faculty can shepherd students through the scientific process and identify a project that’s compatible with their interests.

  • Dr. Glen Stevens’ research interests include renewable energy crops such as switchgrass, the control of insect and nematode pests in agriculture, restoration of native species, and soil ecology.
  • Dr. Pohlad’s research interests include the use of Appalachian watersheds in undergraduate and community experiential education and web-based collaborative ecological teaching and research using a watershed project.
  • Dr. Tim Durham’s research interests include crop variety evaluation, underutilized and niche crops, Best Management Practices (BMP’s), especially as they relate to slow release fertilizers, reduced risk and biological pesticides, and comparative risk assessment of transgenic and conventional crops.

Find out more

Information is only an email away! Contact Dr. Glen Stevens, Program Coordinator of Biology at gstevens3@ferrum.edu.

Biology Faculty


Carolyn Thomas
Professor of Environmental Science and Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University
(540) 365-4368
cthomas@ferrum.edu|

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Cherie Bond 
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Indiana University School of Medicine
(540) 365-4369
cbond@ferrum.edu
Katie Goff
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(540) 365-4468
kgoff@ferrum.edu

Dr. David Park
David Park
Visiting Instructor of Biology
Ph.D. University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign
(540) 365-4552
dpark@ferrum.edu

Bob Pohlad
Bob Pohlad
Professor of Biology and Horticulture
Ph.D., University of Georgia
(540) 365-4367
bpohlad@ferrum.edu


Natalia Smelkova
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Ph.D., Sackler Institute of Biomedical Science, NYU
(540) 365-4362
nsmelkova@ferrum.edu


Glen Stevens
PROGRAM COORDINATOR OF BIOLOGY
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(540) 365-4554
gstevens3@ferrum.edu

Tim Durham
Timothy Durham 
Program Coordinator of Agricultural Sciences
Assistant Professor of Agronomy / Agricultural Sciences
D.P.M., University of Florida
(540) 365-6948
tdurham@ferrum.edu