Biology

The Biology Department faculty consists of six biologists whose areas of expertise encompass botany, cellular and molecular biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, human biology, microbiology 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 greenhouse. All lecture halls and laboratories are equipped with digital projectors and sound systems. Approximately 180 students are enrolled as Biology majors during any given semester, making the Biology Department one of the largest academic departments on campus.


Mission

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.


Goals

  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.

Requirements for the major in Biology with a Concentration in General Biology

This concentration is much like a traditional biology curriculum in that it includes an introduction to major biological disciplines. It also provides an option for students who want a broader exposure to biology than our other concentrations provide.

The Biology major with a concentration in General Biology consists of 82-83 s.h. distributed as follows:

General Concentration Core: Required courses (28-30 s.h.)

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2970 General Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2900 Biological Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 2990 Evolutionary Biology (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 3120 General Ecology (3 s.h.) or BIO 3310 Conservation Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3960 Molecular Genetics (3 s.h.) or BIO 4010 Embryology & Developmental Genetics (4 s.h.)

Concentration Electives (complete 12 s.h. minimum):

  • BIO 3020 Invertebrate Zoology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3100 Plant Physiology (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 3110 Plant Taxonomy (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3480 Biological Chemistry (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 3960 Molecular Genetics (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 4000 Medical Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 4010 Embryology & Developmental Genetics (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 4400 Cellular Physiology (4 s.h.)

Chemistry Courses (16 s.h.):

  • CHE 1510 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 1520 General Chemistry II (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 3210 Organic Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 3220 Organic Chemistry II (4 s.h.)

Mathematics Courses (6 s.h.):

  • MAT 1130 Pre-Calculus I (or higher) (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2200 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)

Requirements for the minor in Biology

The Biology minor consists of 23-24 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses:

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II (4 s.h.)

Biology Electives:

Select any 15-16 s.h. with a BIO prefix 15-16 s.h.


Requirements for the A.S. concentration in Biology

The A.S. concentration in Biology consists of 30 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses:

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II (4 s.h.)

Biology Electives:

  • Select any 16 s.h. of 3000 or higher level courses
  • SCI 1410 Earth Science (3 s.h.)
  • SCI 1430 Physical Science (3 s.h.)

Program Faculty & Staff

Dr. Clay Britton, Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Clay Britton

Associate Professor of Biology
(910) 630-7451
Lori Brookman Cornwell, Professor of Biology

Dr. Lori Brookman Cornwell

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
(910) 630-7128
Margaret Folsom, Professor of Biology

Dr. Margaret Folsom

Professor of Biology
(910) 630-7127
Yihe Guo, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Yihe Guo

Assistant Professor of Biology
(910) 480-8457
Meghan Hennessey, Biology Lab Coordinator

Meghan Hennessey

Biology Lab Coordinator
(910) 630-7511
Dr. Rob McCandless, Chair, Department of Biology

Dr. Rob McCandless

Chair, Biology
(910) 630-7247
Dr. Scott Robertson, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Scott Robertson

Assistant Professor of Biology
(910) 482-5775
Dr. Otto Schwake, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Otto Schwake

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
(910) 630-7470
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