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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. In addition to the Undergraduate Catalog, information includes academic department and major information as well as academic regulations and resources; admission standards and requirements; tuition, fees and financial aid information; and a message from President Jane K. Fernandes.

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

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Small School, Big Dreams

Small School, Big Dreams

Mohamed Togol ’20 says he loves the tight-knit community that Guilford offers.

Guilford Senior Darby Kozan '18 [VIDEO]

Guilford Senior Darby Kozan '18 [VIDEO]

This spring, Guilford is graduating another distinguished class of difference…

So Fresh and So Green (Tea)

So Fresh and So Green (Tea)

Biology and Health Sciences double major Dana Waskiewicz ’18 left the dairy farm (and its award-winning ice cream) in rural Maryland for green tea and greener soccer fields at Guilford College.

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Meet the Professor: Melanie Lee-Brown [VIDEO]

Meet the Professor: Melanie Lee-Brown [VIDEO]

Get to know Biology Professor Melanie Lee-Brown. Her favorite part of…

Hazmat Training at Guilford’s Biology Department

Hazmat Training at Guilford’s Biology Department

Greensboro Fire Department performed a hazardous-materials drills at Guilford’s Frank Family Science Center, where students participated by simulating a biological hazard in a campus laboratory.

Meet the Professor: Bryan Brendley [VIDEO]

Meet the Professor: Bryan Brendley [VIDEO]

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

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Bryan Brendley

Bryan Brendley

Associate Professor of Biology

David East

David East

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Frank Keegan

Frank Keegan

Binford Professor of Biology

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Melanie Lee-Brown

Melanie Lee-Brown

Professor of Biology

Michele Malotky

Michele Malotky

Associate Professor of Biology

Christine Stracey Richard

Christine Stracey Richard

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Megan White

Megan White

Assistant Professor of Biology