Department of Biology

The Department of Biology provides a high quality educational experience to students that enables them to make informed decisions about scientific issues, gain the necessary skills for continuing intellectual growth, and develop a desire for lifelong learning. 

Welcome to Biology

Biology majors are provided with a solid foundation in the biological and physical sciences with a strong appreciation of research, the nature of living organisms, mechanisms of life functions, and the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment.

Focused concentrations offer options to specialize your degree for immediate employment after graduation or to prepare for graduate school. Biology majors can earn a degree in the following areas:

Allied Health
Environmental Biology
Comprehensive Science (9-12) Education

Our diverse and experienced faculty is committed to personalized instruction, lecturing and teaching labs; something that doesn’t happen for freshmen level courses at large institutions. We have a long tradition of preparing students for professional positions and graduate programs in the medical, pharmaceutical, dental, veterinary, industrial, environmental, and natural resource management fields.

As a Biology major, you can connect your classroom knowledge with real world experience. Our internships provide students with opportunities to gain practical experience in professional settings. The Chowan University chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Science Club offer students additional educational, service, and fellowship opportunities.

Additional Opportunities

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Wetland Study on the Outer Banks

The Department of Biology, in partnership with National Audubon and the NC National Estuarine Research Reserve, is conducting a study of marshes in Currituck Sound along the Outer Banks.


James "Bo" Dame, PhD
Associate Professor of Physical Sciences
John Dilustro, PhD
Professor of Biology, Associate Provost
Kyung-Hoon Lee, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Torrence A. Gill, Ph.D
Assistant Professor Biology
Heather McGuire, PhD
Chair, Distinguished Professor of Biology
Lia Walker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology