Department of Biology

The biology program at Agnes Scott offers an integrated approach to the study of living systems from molecules to ecosystems. Agnes Scott biology students are curious and interested in the world around them, actively engaging with faculty members, delving deeper into the world of science.

The biology program’s unifying themes include:

  • Evolution
  • Relationships between form and function
  • The unity and diversity of life
  • The cycling of matter
  • The flow of energy

What will I study?
As biology major, you will study broad areas of biological science including molecules, cells and tissues, organisms and the environment. Elective courses are offered in such fields as ecology, genetics, neuroscience and physiology. The biology major is flexible for students who wish to combine foundation principles and design a program of study that best fits their goals. Many biology classes take a case study approach that involves a less structured classroom environment utilizing small groups and discussion. The approach is interactive, requiring students to take responsibility for investigating aspects of the case. In addition to a full range of laboratory experiences, students also have the opportunity to take field courses, including summer courses in marine biology.

Biology students are regularly exposed to interesting resources, literature and biologists in the field. The department keeps up with current trends and advancements in modern biology while maintaining its roots in more traditional areas, allowing for a well-rounded education.

Why should I study biology at Agnes Scott?

  • A New Home for Science
    Opened in January 2003, the new 100,000-square-foot Mary Brown Bullock Science Center, with 65,000 square feet of teaching and lab space, is home to the biology, chemistry, psychology and physics/astronomy departments. The center features multi-million-dollar scientific instrumentation in teaching labs as well as laboratory space dedicated to faculty-student research and independent student projects. Full-time faculty teach all biology labs. Biology students have an opportunity for hands-on research and experimentation in various investigative environments.
  • Research and Internship Opportunities
    The city of Atlanta offers a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities for biology students, including opportunities at:
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Emory University
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Morehouse School of Medicine
    • The Yerkes Primate Research Center
    • Zoo Atlanta
  • On-Campus Involvement
    Many biology majors are members of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, and GEO (Green Earth Organization), among more than 70 other student-run organizations and clubs on campus. They also help lead workshops and provide tutoring for all math and science majors at the Resource Center for Mathematics and Science.

What can I do with this degree?
With a degree in biology, your well-rounded scientific education will prepare you for:

  • Service as a science teacher
  • Graduate or medical school
  • Work in a research lab
  • Work for the government
  • Work in private industry