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.
The J.W. Pate Award from the Cape Fear River Assembly was awarded to Janet MacFall, professor of environmental studies and biology, in recognition of her work promoting environmental awarness.
Experimental Biology is the annual meeting of six societies comprised of more than 14,000 scientists and 50 guest societies.
A public health studies major explores how pregnant women approach the decision about whether to have a waterbirth.
The university's top award comes with $15,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achievements.
Mariana Kneppers '18 is a biology and environmental and ecological science major originally from Walnut Creek, California, who is focusing her Lumen Prize research on coastal wetlands.