School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Professor Conn; Dana Professor Cipollini; Reid Professor Graham; Associate Professors Borer, Carleton, Davin, Hall, Morgan and Mowry; Lecturer Orloff
McAllister, Room 366B Telephone: (706) 236-1712 FAX: (706) 238-7855
Courses leading to a degree in biology are taken by students pursuing careers in research, teaching, and an array of professional vocations. Ecology, medical technology, genetics, paleontology, biotechnology, marine biology, optometry, medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry are but a few specific fields chosen by the successful biology major. Almost all graduate schools and professional institutions require specific national entrance tests, and the majority of students pursuing advanced degrees or professional training will take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) or the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Because these tests include a significant biological component, the department has designed its introductory curriculum in part to reflect this coverage.
Individual programs, concentrating study in a particular area and including an internship or extended study at another institution or laboratory, such as marine biology, are available with appropriate administrative consent.
Research opportunities in biology are available through the student work program and BIO 498 (Directed Study), and cooperative projects can be arranged with other departments. Highly motivated seniors with an overall grade point average of 3.3 or better may choose to enroll in BIO 499 , Senior Thesis, and conduct an original research project with a mentor of their choice. The department sponsors activities through the Biology Club, Sigma Xi and the Tau Alpha Chapter of Tri-Beta, a national biology honor society.
The Berry College biology department is affiliated with the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, MS. Students can take biology courses at these institutions for transient credit.