The biology program in the College of Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) is located in the Kemper-Redd Science Center. The biology curriculum aims at awakening the student's interest in the living world, developing scientific habits in pursuing knowledge in science. Graduates are well prepared to continue their graduate education or move on directly to their careers in professional health science programs (e.g. Medical School, Physician’s Assistant programs, etc.), industry or wildlife resource management . The biology program is designed to provide students with a broad background and a solid foundation in biology on which they can build their careers. Many Biology graduates will earn a dual degree with Environmental Science, Chemistry or Computer Science to make them more competitive in the job market or when applying to graduate school.
Careers in Biology
Career options are virtually unlimited for biologists. Because new opportunities for biologists are developing in almost all professional areas, experience and training as a biologist will be in demand. The student’s experience and training in biological science at AB will prepare them for a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, pharmacy, research and other health science vocations. However, biologists can also work as consultants or researchers to industry, government researchers or technicians, researchers in bioinformatics, research and development, field biologists, conservation biologists, teachers, biostatisticians, and quality controller.
Opportunities for Involvement
Students will have advantages and opportunities within AB's campus community to develop interpersonal communication and organizational skills, and to become more confident about meeting and directing people. Experiences in social and service groups, student government, student publications, or in musical and theatrical presentations can contribute to personal and professional growth. There are opportunities for students to be involved in the Outdoor Club, ZAG (Zetta Alpha Gamma) Science Club, Regional and National scientific conferences, as well as Division luncheons and picnics.
Program of Study
The required curriculum for this major provides the basic core of courses to emphasize the study of living organisms and life processes. The course of study focuses on the concepts and techniques necessary for solution to real-world problems. Included are focuses on the cellular entities, cell structure, cellular metabolism, cellular organisms, plants, animals, as well as body form and function at the organismal level. Molecular concepts, genetics, metabolism, physiology, anatomical study, and the interrelationships of living organisms are included. The required courses are supplemented by courses selected to increase study in the desired area of concentration. Ecology, anatomy, physiology, and/or organismal zoology are possible areas of concentration.
Because of the close relationships that exist among biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, our program is highly integrated. It is possible to obtain a Bachelor's degree in both biology and chemistry in four years. A combined knowledge in both Biology and Chemistry can give graduates a more competitive edge in pursuing their careers, such as when applying to Medical School. A combined knowledge in both Biology and Computer Science might lead to a cutting-edge career in bioinformatics or biostatistics. Similarly, a graduate with both Biology and Environmental Science degrees would be more competitive in the fields of natural resource management, wildlife management or conservation biology. At Alderson Broaddus students can be assured that they will be able to use any of the facilities needed for both field study and laboratory analyses. While larger universities may boast more equipment, most of it is reserved for graduate students. The laboratories at Alderson Broaddus have the essential pieces of equipment that students need to learn for successful entrance into graduate school or the work world.
Undergraduate Research Experience
Students will gain valuable research experience that will help them in obtaining acceptance in graduate and professional schools. There are several opportunities available for students to apply for financial support for research including grants from faculty members, the Appalachian College Association, WV-INBRE and other agencies. Type of research can include ecological, biomedical, molecular and environmental sciences.
A Tradition of Excellence
Alderson Broaddus is well known for excellence in preparing science and health care professionals. More than half of the students at Alderson Broaddus are enrolled in medically-related programs such as Physician's Assistant and Nursing, or in other science based programs. AB graduates have an outstanding record of acceptance into the professional schools of their interest, such as medical, dental, and graduate schools, and to other programs of advanced study. More than 99% of those who complete their Biology degree are able to get into a professional program of their choice.