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

  • Scholarship takes center stage at SURF

    Elon University students and professors shared research findings and creative work Tuesday at the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum, a day set aside each spring for the campus community to celebrate scholarship and faculty mentoring relationships.

  • Honors Fellow receives national summer research fellowship

  • Bird diversity grows in Elon University Forest

    For each of the past five years, Associate Professor Dave Gammon has conducted an annual bird count in the Elon University Forest, and his most recent census indicates plenty of good news for those with avian DNA.

  • Elon faculty named to endowed professorships

    Elon University leaders on Monday formally announced the names of four distinguished professors named to endowed professorships. Eric Fink, Roland Smith, Brant Touchette and Catherine McNeela were recognized during the opening ceremony for Planning Week 2010.

  • Jen Hamel publishes research article

    Assistant Professor of Biology Jen Hamel, together with Savannah Nease and Dr. Christine Miller of the University of Florida, published a research article in the current issue of the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

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