Biology Lab


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. You can earn a Bachelors of Science or Bachelors of Arts in Biology. Chowan University also offers a biology minor.

Learn by doing

The Department of Biology and Physical Science encourages students to gain valuable professional experience in the classroom and outside. The Department’s educational framework integrates classroom study and field experience through career-enhancing internships. Students have completed internships in a variety of fields including:

  • Medical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Dental
  • Veterinary
  • Environmental
  • Natural Resource Management

The Biology faculty at Chowan is available to mentor student research. Our faculty to student ratio makes is possible for many Biology majors to conduct independent research with a member of our dedicated faculty. Research topics addressed by our students have included: zooplankton ecology, invasive species management, toxicology, chemistry, water quality, forest ecology, soil biology, animal behavior, predator-prey relationships, microbiology, and DNA fingerprinting to identify bacterial contamination of surface water.

Pre-Health Professional Advisory Programs

Several pre-professional advisory programs are available at Chowan through the Department of Biology. Included in this category are areas of Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Students planning to pursue studies in any of these fields must plan their degree programs carefully. Although all require a similar core of science courses with laboratories, specific entrance requirements, entrance examinations, and admissions procedures vary from program to program. Students interested in these programs should contact the Biology Department and meet with the advisor to the program as early as possible.