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.
Kathy Gallucci attended the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference in Denver, Colorado, Nov. 3-6, 2016.
The national mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon hosted faculty from Winthrop University (SC) and Central Washington University (WA) for engaging colloquia on topics at the intersection of mathematics, biology, history, and physics.
Jen Hamel, assistant professor of biology, presented on how biological community interactions affect mating behavior in insects.
Jeffrey Coker, associate professor of biology and the director of the Core Curriculum since 2011, was honored Sept. 27 by the National Society of Experiential Education.
Jeffrey S. Coker, director of the Elon Core Curriculum and associate professor of Biology and Evan A. Gatti, associate director Elon Core Curriculum and associate professor of art history, present papers at the 56th Annual Conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) in Salt Lake City, Utah.