David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences


Biology’s Mission Statement:

Within the context of the liberal arts environment, High Point University’s Biology Department provides students with curricular options that range from the generalized to the specialized, and that prepare them for a wide variety of post-baccalaureate goals (e.g., careers in field ecology or biomedical research; advanced studies in the life sciences; professional programs in the health sciences, such as medical school).  Within our curricula, special emphasis is placed on science as a process, supported by a conceptual understanding of basic biological principles. To this end, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities are abundant, both within classrooms and teaching laboratories and through original research. As a result, our curricula foster within students not only the knowledge base, but also the critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills that prepare them for success in their future careers and for leadership roles within society.

Experiential Learning

Faculty often invite students to work with them on their own research projects in areas including:

  • Conservation biology of salamanders
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Entomology
  • Physiological adaptations of plants to environmental stress
  • Systematics of flowering plants in the southeast
  • Molecular mechanisms of embryonic development in zebrafish
  • Molecular microbiology of infectious diseases

Holistic Learning

An active biology club brings practicing scientists, recent graduates and other visiting lecturers to campus, organizes field trips and sponsors service projects both on campus and off. Independent research is encouraged and supported, and students regularly present the results of their research on campus during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Works (URCW) Symposium and at regional meetings like the Association of Southeastern Biologists.

What can I do with this major?

Students with degrees in biology currently have careers as:

  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Arborist
  • Biological Scientist
  • Botanist
  • College Faculty
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Zoologist

Why should I major in biology at HPU?

  • HPU offers both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in biology. The vast majority of courses include a laboratory component which is taught by the same instructor that teaches the lecture.
  • A four-semester core curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation in all areas of basic biology and allows them to make informed decisions with regard to areas of more specialized study.
  • The biology department has 13 faculty members each with a strong and active interest in biology and a strong interest in science education at the undergraduate level.
  • A major in biology can serve as a stepping-stone for a wide variety of career opportunities, because the foundation focuses on the impact of on the individual life. Biologists can have a positive impact on managing natural resources.
  • Important social issues such as global climate change, stem cell research and genetically modified foods can only be wisely addressed by citizens who are well-educated in biology.
  • Modern medical technology grows closer to developing cures for widespread diseases. Our generation needs well-trained biologists to continue the important research in these areas.

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