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The biology major at Randolph-Macon College offers you a hands-on curriculum that
integrates learning and experience from the first day. Specialize your
major by choosing an area
of emphasis. Explore career options with an internship in anything from
health care to marine biology. And build enduring relationships with a
committed faculty of research scientists.
Undergraduate focus: All classes in the
biology major are taught by R-MC faculty, and you'll find course enrollments of
no more than 25 students—even in introductory classes. And R-MC biology majors are
encouraged to pursue research projects as early as freshman year. Kevan Quinn '09 spent two summers participating in R-MC’s
unique Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program in the chemistry
department, and recalls, "I had research opportunities here my friends back home
said they wouldn't have until their second year in graduate school."
BS/MS joint degree: Interested in
forestry or environmental management? R-MC's cooperative agreement with
Duke University offers qualified students within the biology major the opportunity
to complete a BS/MS program
in five years.
Med school partnerships: For qualified students,
R-MC offers cooperative agreements for a BS/MD joint degree with Eastern Medical College, Early Selection Program with George Washington University
School of Medicine, or
Preferred Applicant Track for the Virginia Commonwealth University School
Career success: immunologist, parasitologist,
physician, environmental scientist, forestry specialist, infectious diseases researcher—biology
majors put their R-MC experience to use pursuing graduate studies and careers in
a wide variety of specialties.
Jaclyn Buseck '12, who received a Watts Scholarship for Biology, was a member of the Pre-health Society (part of the Pre-med program) and a Presidential Scholar. A biology major, Buseck also spent her senior year working with her dog to research the effects of the human-animal bond through animal-assisted therapy (AAT). While she wasn't studying or working with her dog, Cinder, Buseck also participated in many extracurricular activities, including the Study abroad program. In January 2010, Buseck traveled to the Galápagos Islands in connection with Biology Professor Sarah Huber's Evolution and Conservation in the Galápagos Islands course. The J-term course used the Islands as a case study for studying evolution and conservation. Additionally, Buseck was passionate about Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser that benefits the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life, which began in the 1980s, is an overnight relay-style event. Teams of volunteers camp out and members of each team take turns walking for 24 hours. Randolph-Macon sponsors a Relay for Life event each year.