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.
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.
Jen Hamel, assistant professor of biology, presented on the causes and consequences of hybridization between two insect species.
Peter W. Fritsch, vice president of research and director of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Herbarium, and Catherine M. Bush, adjunct assistant professor of biology at Elon, published a new plant species in the current issue of the Nordic Journal of Botany.
The day-long professional development workshop for area teachers was supported by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.