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Biology

Hands-on learning in the laboratory is at the heart of our broad-based biology major, which is designed to prepare you to excel in graduate and professional school, teaching biology and immediately entering a science-related industry. You will graduate from our program with a major research experience, which is rare on the undergraduate level. This, along with such unique courses as bioethics, is especially impressive when you apply for graduate and professional school or enter the job market.

You will gain practical experience independently using a wide range of molecular and DNA instrumentation in the laboratory setting. Also, engaging in internships, learning how to interpret and analyze complex problems, and presenting research at scholarly conferences will all serve to enhance your knowledge, skills and marketability.

Environmental science studies the ways in which humans interact with the Earth, while health science is the concentration designed for students who aspire to enter allied health fields. Life science is preferred for those interested in becoming professional biologists or pursuing medical, dentistry or veterinary fields.

In labs, the classroom and through advising, our faculty members — all of whom have Ph.D.s — serve as mentors and your partners in education. They are committed to your success by helping provide you with a transforming experience, which is designed to serve as a foundation for making your career aspirations come true. Biology classes and labs are held in our new Center for the Sciences & Agriculture.

Concentrations

Wilmington College offers four Biology concentrations, as well as a minor in Biology.

Biotechnology

This concentration is for qualified transfer students with an A.S. degree in either Biotechnology or Bioscience Technology from partner regional institutions.

Environmental Science

Professionals in the relatively new field of Environmental Science study the ways in which humans interact with and affect the living and non-living components of the Earth. It’s a growing profession with a bright future for those interested in working in everything from sustainability and pollution to conservation and resource management.

Health Science

The Health Science Concentration within the biology major is intended to meet the needs of students who aspire to careers in allied health professions. Examples of these professions are physical therapy, physician assistant, optometry, pharmacy, nursing, and others.

Life Science

The Life Science Concentration could be called the “traditional” Biology major. It is recommended for students who aspire to become professional biologists, physicians, veterinarians or dentists.

Student Experience

SavannahMy name is Savannah Manson and I’m a junior at Wilmington College, studying Biology – Health Science. Ever since my first visit here to Wilmington, I have been so in love with with the atmosphere and the people. I have been involved with so much on campus, such as Black Student Initiative (BSI) as Secretary, American Medical Student Association (AMSA), WC Pride, served as an Orientation Welcome Leader  (OWL), worked in the Office of Admission as a Student Ambassador, as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and so much more. Being here at Wilmington has helped me create so many connections for the real world as well as long-lasting friendships.

 


 

Alyssa StorerHi! My name is Alyssa Storer, and I’m a freshman majoring in Chemistry and Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences. During my first year on campus, I’ve gotten involved with the Honors ProgramNational Society of Leadership and SuccessWC PrideLadies in Power, and STEM Society. When I visited campus during my junior year of high school, I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere and support that’s shown on campus. I can’t wait for what the next three years at Wilmington College will bring!

 


 

Kiana

Hello everyone! My name is Kiana Chumley and I’m a first year student at Wilmington College studying Biology and Chemistry with a focus in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Pre-Law. After reading other stories from the #WeAreDubC initiative, I feel like it’s important for me to mention that I wasn’t set on WC after my first visit. To be honest, I wasn’t set on any college or university after my first visit! Deciding where to go to college is arguably one of the most important decisions in your adult life, and I felt like I needed time to think about every possible option before committing to one school. However, after countless conversations with my Admissions counselors and other faculty members at WC, I knew this was the place for me. Throughout the entire process, I felt like I was being guided in the right direction while also being allowed to forge my own path.
The opportunities on this campus are endless. As a first year student, I have competed on the Mock Trial team, been a member of Veterinarians of Tomorrow and the Honors Program while also holding a job as a Student Ambassador. I’ve been able to meet countless friends and form connections that will last a lifetime. When I walk to class everyday, I know I’m going to sit in a class where my professors care about my well-being and actually want to see me succeed. Wilmington College has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone in a way I never thought was imaginable, and the personal and academic growth I’ve experience in my short time here has surpassed my expectations.

Why Study Biology?

If you want to be a scientist who studies biological systems, then Biology is clearly the major for you. But if you want to become a doctor, veterinarian, physical therapist or other type of health-care professional then Biology might not be such an obvious choice.

Let’s look at some facts.

  • The American Association of Colleges of Medicine reports that in 2012, 51% of successful applicants to medical school had completed a bachelor’s degree in a biological science.
  • Seven of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s prerequisite courses are Biology courses. Other vet schools around the country have similar requirements.
  • Biology courses are required for admission into dental schools, physical therapy training programs and a host of other Allied Health professions.
  • A Bachelors’s degree in Biology is the natural entry point to the advanced degree programs that train individuals to be leading biological and biomedical researchers.
  • People with Bachelor’s degrees in Biology can also get jobs right out of college, no additional schooling required.