Learning beyond the classroom

biology students on pondOne of the objectives of the Department of Biology is to provide opportunities to pursue research at the undergraduate level.

Our majors can:

  • Work with Lander faculty on research projects.
  • Intern at the Greenwood Genetic Center, an internationally recognized center for the study of human genetic disorders.
  • Research plant and animal life at nearby lakes, rivers and streams and at national and state parks.
  • Perform service learning projects with staff at local hospitals, pharmacies and health-related businesses and agencies.

You can also meet others in your major by joining Lander’s chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. One of the university’s most dynamic student organizations, Tri-Beta provides opportunities for service activities in the local community as well as social activities with other science faculty and students. We're involved in academic activities that include sponsoring forums and presentations by professional graduate schools.

biology student with microscope

Life after Lander

A large number of our majors go on to graduate and professional schools across the nation. They find employment in federal, state and private research institutions or agencies that support chemical, pharmaceutical, medical and agricultural research.


Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony each spring.

The following are awards presented by the university's Department of Biology:

  • Biology Discipline Award
    Given annually by the biology faculty to the most outstanding senior in biology, as evidenced by high academic achievement and a promise of an exemplary career in biology, medicine or related fields. The recipient must be a biology major expected to graduate within the calendar year of the award ceremony. At the time of graduation, the recipient must have completed at least 60 hours overall and 20 hours in biology at Lander.
  • Lander Science Scholars Awards
    Given annually by the faculty of the Department of Biology and the Department of Physical Sciences to up to four lower and upper-classmen among the most promising science majors, who have a GPA of at least 3.5 in science and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Nell Henry Award
    Established by Gwendolyn Burton Caldwell to honor a student possessing the qualities of character and achievement exemplified by Professor Nell Henry, and given annually to a rising senior woman (or a man if no woman fits the criteria during that year) majoring in biology who has a GPA of at least 3.5 and who has a high potential for future scholastic achievement and contributions to the field of biology. The recipient receives a monetary award, as well as the Nell Henry Award gold pin.