Biology: Major & Minor


In the biology major students receive a fundamental, broad-based education in the life sciences, emphasizing the various biological principles related to structural, functional, taxonomical and ecological phenomena. It provides a rich understanding of the natural world—knowledge worth having for its own sake and for the perspective it brings to one’s life.

Students at Southern Virginia University study biology in a unique nurturing environment. Small classes that professors devote personal attention and mentoring to each student seeking to master the fundamentals of this core science.

Students graduate having a strong academic foundation to begin their careers, to attend graduate school, or to be accepted into pre-med, pre-dental, and other health-related programs.

Biology is a tremendously diverse subject. There are many fields of biology to study and many types of careers from which to choose.

Biologists study animals, plants and ecosystems. They can combine an interest in chemistry by studying biochemistry. Or they can study genetics at the molecular or evolutionary level. They can also study fossils or fungi, cavemen or cells, bugs or biotechnology.

I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life — past, present, and future. To understand biology is to understand that all life is linked to the earth from which it came; it is to understand that the stream of life, flowing out of the dim past into the uncertain future, is in reality a unified force, though composed of an infinite number and variety of separate lives.Rachel Carson

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Faculty Contacts:

  • Jared B. Lee, Ph.D. – Program Coordinator
  • Richard Gardner, Ph.D.
  • Samuel Hirt, Ph.D.



Abigail Baxter ’14
“I want to be a guide and the voice of encouragement as I help patients back on their feet and teach them how to help themselves.”
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