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Biology Department

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The epitome of hands-on learning at Guilford, the Biology Department offers a strong foundation in the biological and forensic sciences based in inquiry and academic rigor. The department offers a multitude of hands-on opportunities in the lab, the 300-acre College Woods and through internships in the community and around the world, including the North Carolina coast, Nicaragua and the Galapagos Islands.

On campus, the student-centered Frank Family Science Center provides state-of-the-art facilities. These include labs dedicated to independent research projects, forensics, anatomy and physiology, field biology, microbial genetics and molecular biology.

Thanks to small class and lab sizes, faculty members give students individual instruction informed by expertise in such areas as forensics, microbiology, molecular/cell biology, immunology, neurobiology, plant physiology, aquatic and avian field biology.

The Biology Department promotes independent thinking, interdisciplinary applications and critical analysis for developing future leaders in medicine and the natural sciences.


College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Biology Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

  • Biology (A.B.) Major: The A.B. in Biology is recommended for students interested in the biological sciences who seek careers in medicine, scientific illustration, science writing or environmental law. The major requires a minimum of 40 credit hours (10 courses).
  • Forensic Biology (B.S.) Major: The B.S. in Biology is for students interested in pursuing careers in the criminal justice system, FBI and SBI, or with humanitarian agencies investigating human-rights abuses. Students interested in law, journalism and creative writing can double-major to acquire the knowledge needed to complement their other field of specialization.
  • Biology Minors: Minors are available in forensic science and three additional tracks: general biology, field biology and cell and molecular biology. Each requires 16 credit hours (four courses).
  • Integrated Science Minor: This minor offers students access to a variety of science courses. It pairs well with such careers as politics, journalism, and business, to name a few.

Biology Department News and Events

Investigating Instinct

Investigating Instinct

Students discover the keys to the animal kingdom with hands-on research experience in Assistant Professor of Biology Christine Stracey’s intensive course on animal behavior.

Three Weeks on the Edge: Magic and Medicine [VIDEO]

Three Weeks on the Edge: Magic and Medicine [VIDEO]

The Guilford Edge provides incredible opportunities for hands-on, collaborative…

Guilford Senior Receives Community Impact Award

Guilford Senior Receives Community Impact Award

The N.C. Campus Compact recently recognized Health Sciences and Biology double major Exel Valle Estrada ’21 with the Community Impact Student Award for outstanding leadership and service.

Guided by Guilford

Guided by Guilford

Biology major Kunga Denzongpa ’15 shares how Guilford and the Bonner Scholars program impacted her future in more ways than she ever imagined.

Delivering Experience

Delivering Experience

Biology and Health Sciences double major Adyazbeth Barrientos Solis '20 always knew that she wanted to be part of the medical field but wasn't sure what she was aiming to become.

Mulling Over Microorganisms

Mulling Over Microorganisms

First-year students learn to reflect, observe, and deliberate, while exploring the different levels of life around them and making connections to the current pandemic.

Formula for Success

Formula for Success

Jenn Abelin ’09, a Chemistry and Biology double major whose work focuses on mass spectrometry and cancer research, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and did post-doc work at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she works today.

Meet the Professor: Bryan Brendley [VIDEO]

Meet the Professor: Bryan Brendley [VIDEO]

Professor Bryan Brendley shares insight into the College's Forensic Biology…

Biology Major Receives NCICU Grant

Biology Major Receives NCICU Grant

Gracie also presents her research at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativ

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Bryan Brendley

Bryan Brendley

Associate Professor of Biology

David East

David East

Assistant Professor of Biology

Frank Keegan

Frank Keegan

Binford Professor of Biology

Melanie Lee-Brown

Melanie Lee-Brown

Professor of Biology

Michele Malotky

Michele Malotky

Professor of Biology

Christine Stracey Richard

Christine Stracey Richard

Associate Professor of Biology