The Biology Department believes that an understanding of scientific methodology
through direct observation and experimentation is fundamental to a strong biology
education. Therefore, all students are required to take two semesters of Integrative
Biology, which is an inquiry-based introductory course sequence. Students
interested in research careers in the biological sciences are encouraged to choose
a two-semester capstone research project or departmental honors project, either
of which offers an opportunity for extended research.
An internship program in biology enables students to obtain practical work experience
in various biological fields and to obtain course credit toward the major. Recent
student internships have involved research in marine biology at the Virginia Institute
of Marine Sciences; physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthopedic surgery
internships at area hospitals; and research in fisheries biology with the Virginia
Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries.
A cooperative arrangement with Duke University enables students interested in forestry
or environmental management to attend Randolph-Macon for three years and then transfer
to Duke for two years. Students completing this program receive a bachelor's degree
from Randolph-Macon and a master's degree in forestry or environmental management
Students interested in entering medical school should visit the
Pre-Med Program for more information.