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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.
Whitney Edwards '12, a Pulaski, Virginia native, joined Kappa Alpha Theta when she was a freshman, and the fraternity played an important role in her life. Specifically, they helped her when she lost her father to cancer in December of her freshman year and when she struggled with her return to school for January Term (J-term). With their help, she focused her energy on bringing Relay for Life, a fundraiser that benefits the American Cancer Society, to R-MC. Her hard work paid off—literally and figuratively. "We raised around $12,000 that first year," recalled Edwards. "We achieved our fundraising goal of $16,000 the second year, and in 2011 we started with a goal of $20,000 and surpassed it: I had the honor of announcing that we had raised more than $34,000! It was touching to have the support of students, faculty, staff, and the community for such an amazing event." In addition to participating in extracurricular activities, Edwards, a biology major with a minor in religious studies, worked with Biology Professor Melanie Gubbels Bupp for several years. Edwards received a travel award to attend the American Association of Immunologists conference in May with Gubbels Bupp, who presented a talk, titled The forkhead transcription factor, Foxo1, coordinates an adaptive, pro-survival response to calorie restriction in T cells, which she and Edwards co-authored. Edwards was also the recipient of the Paul H. Wornom Scholarship the Forrester Family Scholarship, the William Goggin Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship.