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.

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

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

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

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.

What can I be with a major in Biology?

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