Biology

Dr. Scott Robertson works with students in the Zoology Lab

The Biology Department faculty consists of seven 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 and 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.

Contact the Biology Program

Dr. Rob McCandless

Rob McCandless, PhD

Professor of Biology
(910) 630-7247
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Dr. Rob McCandless
Rob McCandless, PhD

Professor of Biology

B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Louisville

Bio:

Dr. McCandless’ areas of expertise include evolutionary biology, zoology and statistics.   His research interests include investigations of the conservation status and population genetics of cave adapted cavefish and crayfish species.  As a long time college instructor, he is also interested in statistical analysis of assessment data to evaluate teaching effectiveness, particularly in freshman biology courses.  He enjoys hiking, amateur astronomy and reading science fiction, military history, and biographies.

(910) 630-7247
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