Department of Biology

Biology is the study of life in all its diverse forms. As a species, we have always been deeply fascinated by other living creatures. Early human's dependence on other animals and plants for food, medicine and shelter fostered an appreciation for life's interconnectedness. Modern society has rediscovered these relationships in the face of such challenges as global warming, rain forest destruction, AIDS, rising cancer rates and industrial pollution.

Our approach to biology at Elon University stresses hands-on experiences in the classroom, laboratory and field. The course of study includes off-campus experiential opportunities and research seminars that encourage creative approaches to biological problems. The focus is on science as a process, not merely a collection of established facts.

The faculty strives to provide a high-quality program that enables students to (1) develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to better understand and meet present and future biological challenges; (2) develop competency in information retrieval, use and analysis; (3) develop an understanding of the latest technologies utilized in biological investigation; (4) acquire broad-based knowledge of biological concepts from molecules to ecosystems; and (5) acquire an experiential learning opportunity through research, internship or laboratory assistantship.

Department News

  • Faculty & staff share details of Elon's solar energy

    Representatives from across campus spoke Sept. 22, 2015, about the physical, economic and educational benefits of solar power, as well as Elon’s recent efforts to harvest solar energy.

  • Biology Alumni Reception

    This reception is for visiting biology alumni, faculty and students. Alumni do not need to have attended the career panel to attend the reception. Co-hosted by the Department of Biology and Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society.

  • Biology Alumni Panel

    A panel of four biology alumni will share insights into how their career paths have developed and answer questions about their respective professions. Alumni not on the panel are encouraged to attend and join in the general discussion. Hosted by Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society.

  • Yuko Miyamoto and Tonya Train attend the Lilly International Spring Conference

    The two faculty members in the Department of Biology attended the Lilly International Spring Conference held May 28 - 29, 2015, in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Yuko Miyamoto named to Rawls endowed professorship

    Elon leaders announced Monday that the associate professor of biology has been selected the next Japheth E. Rawls Professor for Undergraduate Research in Science.

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