Biology - Westminster College - Fulton, Missouri
Why Study Biology at Westminster?
- Understand the diversity of organisms and biological processes on Earth.
- Use innovative ideas, existing research, and coordinated research to improve human health, our food supply, and our environment.
- Explore the excitement of new discoveries and shape creativity and critical reasoning skills.
- Appreciate the complexity and ecological significance of various life forms and biological processes which are integral to the success of our species and our planet’s environment.
Your biology major at Westminster is quite simply the study of life in all its forms and complexities. Your program will strive for diversity in training and experience—from lab to field work and from group-related to independent projects. While introductory courses meet the needs of Westminster liberal arts students, they also serve as foundation courses for students with a major in biology. Your major will expose you to the broad scope and diversity of modern biology which can be used to find careers within the life sciences.
The Biology in Belize summer session where students accompany Professor Mike Amspoker to Belize for a three-week exploration of the wildlife and marine life in their Central American habitat is wildly popular with majors. As a human anatomy/cadaver student, you will actually dissect and study a human cadaver—an experience many medical students only observe. In bioprocesses labs, you learn to test common foods for evidence of genetic medications.
As a biology major, you will have the opportunity to do independent research and enjoy a wide range of intern opportunities. You will enjoy presenting your research data at regional and national conferences as well as Westminster’s own Undergraduate Scholars’ Forum, one day set aside from classes for the entire campus community to view student scholarly presentations and projects.
Your biology major will lead to a wide range of internships and jobs whether the field is biomedicine, biotechnology, industry, government, education, museums, or academia. The career paths are endless. One recent student’s work on a bone density project led to her summer internship with a podiatrist who studies bone density at Washington University’s School of Medicine.
For more information, contact
Dr. Jeff Mayne
Office Phone: 573-592-5272
Email Address: Jeff.Mayne@westminster-mo.edu