Our mission is to instill an understanding and appreciation of the common thread that connects modern biological study at all levels, from molecules to ecosystems. We strive to actively engage you in the process of scientific investigation, develop your spirit of inquiry, strengthen your ability to explore both in field and laboratory, hone your analytical skills, and foster your capacity to communicate effectively with professional peers and the public. By helping you become independent thinkers and intellectually vibrant individuals, we hope to enable you to achieve a lifetime of personal and professional success and service to society.
Biology today encompasses a very broad range of knowledge, from atoms and molecules to large-scale ecological interactions. The program in biology at Moravian College emphasizes the importance of gaining an appreciation for, and some mastery of, all aspects of modern biology. This broad base of knowledge gives you the ability to succeed in any arena calling for biological expertise: teaching at all levels; academic, government, private, and industrial research; science journalism and law; professional fields such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and optometry; allied health areas such as physical and occupational therapy; and graduate study.
Biology majors use current methodological approaches in laboratories, learn about the intricacies of the subject in class, and discuss recent research findings in seminars. All students are encouraged to participate in an independent study or Honors project, in which you can work closely with a member of the biology faculty on a research topic. In addition, your may participate in field study opportunities to see how you might put your education to use after graduation.