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The Department of Biological Sciences offers a broad-based curriculum, giving students a foundation in many areas of biology. Through hands-on laboratory and field experience, students prepare for careers as biotechnologists, environmental attorneys, health professionals, microbiologists, scientific illustrators, wildlife ecologists, and epidemiologists, to name but a few of the opportunities available.
Collier Hall of Science offers students excellent facilities and equipment, including individual research laboratories, animal rooms, salt-water aquaria, a greenhouse, radioisotope instrumentation, inverted, epifluorescence, and phase contrast microscopes, fraction collectors, BOD and carbon dioxide incubators, specialized equipment for molecular biological research such as a PCR thermocycler and DNA-sequencing apparatus, gas chromatographs, physiology instrumentation, a chemostat, high-speed centrifuges, electrophoresis and chromatography equipment, specialized spectrophotometers, photomicroscopy and digital imaging equipment, and walk-in cold rooms. Many of the department’s instruments are interfaced to computers for automated data collection and analysis. The Life Sciences Resource Center houses networked computers for student use, as well as biology-related books, periodicals, pamphlets, and career information.
Many majors work with faculty members on independent study or Honors research projects. More than 50 percent of Moravian biology majors go on to graduate or professional schools, with a greater than 90 percent success rate for medical, dental, and veterinary school placement. Internships at such off-campus sites as veterinary hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, and zoos are available. Some students have gained valuable professional experience during the summer at such places as the Smithsonian Institution studying fossil invertebrates. Other students have done internships in plant ecology at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, studied sea turtles in Florida, assisted on a research project in breast cancer at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and worked in molecular biology laboratories at Princeton University and the Mayo Clinic. Many alumni have gone on to distinguished careers as physicians, faculty members, and executives of large corporations and research institutes.