Department of Biology
The Department of Biology at Winthrop University features a challenging but rewarding curriculum taught by an experienced, enthusiastic faculty. The biology major allows students to tailor their programs beyond the major's core curriculum to meet their specific needs, and is frequently chosen by students with career interests related to medicine, health sciences, botany, zoology, molecular biology, environmental and conservation biology, teaching and secondary education in the sciences, and other careers. Small classes (averaging 20-24 students in labs) ensure that students have the opportunity to take advantage of interaction with their instructors.
Degree Programs: (for more information click here)
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree and concentrations: Students may choose General Biology or a concentration in Biomedical Research, Conservation Biology, Medical Technology, or obtain Teacher Certification in Secondary Education.
Pre-Professional Programs (course load information): Pre-dental, Pre-medicine, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-physical therapy, Pre-veterinary
Minors: Students with other majors can choose to minor in Biology or General Science
Master of Science (MS) Degree: The department also offers coursework and research opportunities with faculty leading to the MS degree. Students can select either a thesis or a non-thesis option depending on their needs.
The department offers excellent experiential learning opportunities through undergraduate research and internships that are important for students planning to attend graduate programs, health profession programs, biology-related jobs, etc.
Undergraduate Research: Students conduct undergraduate research with faculty mentors in well-equipped labs and/or field study sites, and they present their work at local, regional, and national scientific meetings. Students are also encouraged to present their work at the department seminar series where they are awarded a lab coat from their faculty mentors. Students can earn academic credit for research through BIOL 471, 472, and 450H.
Awarding of Lab Coats (See the latest Lab Coat Recipients)
SEA-PHAGES project - New opportunity for Freshmen to conduct research:(to learn more about the SEA-PHAGES project click here
The Biology Department is excited to participate in the research project called the SEA Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES). The project is built around a national experiment in bacteriophage genomics.
Academic internships: Internships are available and often serve as stepping-stones to employment and entry into professional careers. Although internships are not required for graduation, they are encouraged. Students can earn academic credit for interning through BIOL 461 and 463. For information about internships click here.
Biology Department Seminar Series
Each semester the Biology Department invites scientists and professionals from other universities, industry, research institutions, and government agencies to present their work to our students and faculty. Many of the speakers also provide information about graduate and professional programs and/or employment opportunities in their respective fields. The seminars are held from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in Sims Hall, room 215 (unless noted otherwise) and are open to the public.
Click here to see the most recent seminar schedule.
Students, Alumni, and Faculty in the News:
Savannah Moritzky '17 - "Pollution research at WU"
Kristin Ramirez '16, Kathryn Steverson '16, and Lauren Green '16 - "3 Winthrop roommates look to future in medicine, research, and therapy"
Wendy Dorman - Winthrop Alumna receives national teaching assistant award
Dr. Matthew Stern - "Biology Faculty Member Awarded Grant to Explore Stem Cell Growth"
Ernest Allen - Director of the USDA's seed Quality Lab - Winthrop Graduate
Brett Frye '12 - Winthrop Alumna Awarded American Society of Primatology Grant
Dr. Janice Chism - "Winthrop University biologist may have identified new monkey species in a rain forest in Peru"
Biology Facilities Updates:
The Biology Department is partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America organizations to improve our teaching and research facilities:
The old aquarium was replaced and a new one is being established
Interested in supporting the Biology Program at Winthrop? Click Here
Need an Override for a Biology Class?
The Biology Department is Hiring an Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology
For Details See Human Resources