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Welcome to Biology at MU!

The Biology Department faculty consists of six biologists, all with terminal degrees and whose areas of expertise encompass botany, cellular and molecular biology, developmental biology, ecology, epidemiology, evolutionary biology, human biology, virology, and zoology. The department is housed in the Hendricks Science Complex which includes faculty offices, eight teaching laboratories with modern microscopes, various laboratory stock rooms, two lecture halls, a faculty research laboratory, a student lounge, and a green house. All lecture halls and laboratories are equipped with digital projectors and sound systems. Approximately 140 students are enrolled as Biology majors during any given semester, making the Biology Department one of the largest academic departments on campus.


The Methodist University Biology Department strives to provide a supportive, rigorous and hands on learning environment for students. Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to give students the flexibility to train for careers in the health sciences, academic research laboratories, the private sector, and governmental agencies immediately following their undergraduate program as well as to prepare students for entry into traditional life science and professional graduate programs. The Department views student research as a core component of the undergraduate experience in the life sciences and the faculty endeavor to include students in their research and to encourage students to take up their own research projects whenever possible.


  1. Within three months of their graduation, fifty percent of the graduates of the Methodist University Biology Department will be admitted to graduate or professional school, or will be employed in a field related to their major.
  2. The average score of Methodist University seniors on the ETS major field examination in biology will be above the national mean.
  3. Biology graduates will be able to assimilate scientific information and to demonstrate their comprehension of it in preparation of oral and written presentations.
  4. Students taking either Science 1420 (Biological Science) or Biology 1530 (Fundamentals of Biology: Introduction to Cellular Biology) as part of the general university core will become familiar with the basic vocabulary and concepts of biology. Those taking Biology 1530 will also become prepared for future study in this area.