Fisk's Biology faculty offers both graduate and undergraduate programs and is active
in developmental biology, environmental studies, microbiology, mycology, and
neuropharmacology. Advanced students have opportunities to work with faculty
researchers on projects. Many students present papers at scientific meetings.
The graduate program in biology is described elsewhere in this Bulletin. At the
undergraduate level, students may elect to study biology as a basic science
interest or because the life sciences offer a basis for careers in biomedical
research, teaching, medicine, dentistry__ and even in such fields as science
writing and public affairs. Students planning to major in biology are encouraged
to consult with a member of the faculty in the Department of Biology during
their first year at Fisk.
The goals of the undergraduate program in biology are to prepare students for:
1. entry into health professional schools --medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing,
2. entry into graduate schools in the biological sciences and related areas;
3. the work force as laboratory personnel;
4. other professions which require a background in biology--including teaching;
5. productive careers that through their activities will contribute to the welfare
and development of society.
Students who complete the undergraduate program in biology will be able to:
recognize the scope of life sciences, including various aspects of basic and
1. understand information ranging from descriptive and functional biology to
molecular biology and biotechnology--its applications and impacts on society;
2. demonstrate laboratory skills development exemplary of required training
and interactive learning experiences presented; and
3. recognize opportunities which are available to majors in biology before and
after completing degree requirements.