department of biology

the biology program at agnes scott offers an integrated approach to the study of living systems from molecules to ecosystems. agnes scott biology students are curious and interested in the world around them, actively engaging with faculty members, delving deeper into the world of science.

the biology program’s unifying themes include:

  • evolution
  • relationships between form and function
  • the unity and diversity of life
  • the cycling of matter
  • the flow of energy

what will i study?
as biology major, you will study broad areas of biological science including molecules, cells and tissues, organisms and the environment. elective courses are offered in such fields as ecology, genetics, neuroscience and physiology. the biology major is flexible for students who wish to combine foundation principles and design a program of study that best fits their goals. many biology classes take a case study approach that involves a less structured classroom environment utilizing small groups and discussion. the approach is interactive, requiring students to take responsibility for investigating aspects of the case. in addition to a full range of laboratory experiences, students also have the opportunity to take field courses, including summer courses in marine biology.

biology students are regularly exposed to interesting resources, literature and biologists in the field. the department keeps up with current trends and advancements in modern biology while maintaining its roots in more traditional areas, allowing for a well-rounded education.

major student learning objectives - students graduating with a biology major from agnes scott college will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad, sound understanding of major biological principles;
  • demonstrate the skills required for biological inquiry as well as for their specific area of biological study. these include the ability to use the technical instruments appropriate for specific areas of biological study: a microscope, ph meter, pipettes, centrifuges, analytical balances, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis systems, and field equipment;
  • demonstrate the ability to undertake systematic scientific inquiry for learning and problem-solving;
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills when investigating scientific questions, reports and claims;
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information clearly and persuasively in both written and oral formats;
  • employ quantitative skills related to studying and solving biological problems;
  • use computational skills to solve problems relevant to biological investigation, including those associated with biochemical practices, genetics, physiology and ecological study.


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