The science of biology is taught within the larger context of a liberal arts education and every effort is made to encourage interdisciplinary connections with the social sciences and the humanities. Courses strongly emphasize writing and speaking skills and avoid reducing science to the accumulation of factual knowledge. Majors are encouraged to pursue summer internships in field and laboratory settings.
The curriculum in Biology provides thorough and intensive course work in both theoretical and applied aspects of biological science. Active participation by the students in laboratory and field courses is required and direct experience with living organisms and scientific instrumentation is a central focus of the program.
An undergraduate degree in Biology offers a variety of career options, including technical positions in business and medicine. Many graduates earn advanced degrees in medical and veterinary schools or do graduate research in such fields as biochemistry and ecology. Students with expertise in genetics, physiology, and environmental science are increasingly in demand in business and government. Undergraduate work in the sciences provides the student with skills in research and the clarity of thought and communication essential for success in the contemporary world.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology combines biology, the study of living things, and chemistry, which examines the composition, structure, properties and reactions of all forms of matter. This degree takes Wilson’s biology and chemistry programs, which already are popular among students, to a new level. Previously students could take courses in both disciplines, but could not get that in-depth synthesis of topics from both fields.
This major teaches students to draw from information taught in biology courses and apply detailed chemical analysis to understand how and why biological molecules interact. A number of post-graduate options are open to students with the degree, including master’s degree and doctoral programs in biochemistry and biology, bachelor’s degree programs in nursing, and professional schools in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, and veternary medicine (see specific program for admission requirements). Graduates with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology also have a wide variety of career options, including research opportunities and other technical positions in the pharmaceutical industry, biotech companies, forensic testing laboratories and academic, government or military laboratories.