Biology and Cell Biology
Pre-Professional: Preparation for the professional study of Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and Ph.D. programs
Teacher Certification: Biology (6–12)
- Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.
- The programs of study in Biology are part of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
At Huntingdon, our goal is your success. A broad-based curriculum and small classes ensure exploration in a wide range of biological study. You will receive individual attention from faculty whose goal is to help you succeed. Huntingdon's rigorous science curriculum offers a number of advantages, including:
- Great faculty-to-student ratios allow teachers to know you. Even in your first year, you will not be a number.
- A broad-based Biology curriculum covers all of the classical areas of the sciences.
- A Pre-Professional Advising Group works with you individually as you prepare for admission to graduate and professional programs in the field of your choice.
- Critical thinking, one of the most in-demand skills by the best employers, is built into all of our courses.
- Study in a community of scholars on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the South.
- Graduate with the Huntingdon advantage: excellent placement rates into graduate and professional schools and into Ph.D. science programs.
Science in Action
Biology and Cell Biology are vigorous and growing programs at Huntingdon, where students study far beyond the textbook. You will join a community of scholars who work with DNA in the lab, scrounge through swamps for salamanders, and talk about the workings of the immune system over lunch with professors. The Huntingdon faculty will challenge you to live out your learning experiences through:
- Lab research that begins your first semester
- Field research at several ecological sites near Montgomery, including the College-owned Bowman Ecological Center
- Marine Science research at Dauphin Island Sea Lab
- Travel and study with faculty during your junior or senior year, including specialized biological research in Costa Rica
- Internships with the FBI, hospitals, primate labs, research internships, and veterinary clinics, among other placements
- On-campus science-based clubs and the Beta Beta Beta biological honor society
- Qualifying students may take courses in the Honors Core or complete the Honors Program or Departmental Honors.
Huntingdon’s science laboratories and classrooms are housed in historic Bellingrath Hall, which was renovated and expanded in 2008 and features spacious labs filled with light and advanced instrumentation. Field research can be completed in Alabama’s natural habitats, and may offer glimpses of a number of rare and endangered species. The College’s Bowman Ecological Center, membership in the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, and frequent “road trips” and travel/study experiences—including a faculty-led program in Costa Rica—are part of the Huntingdon science programs.
Our alumni include teachers, environmental scientists, researchers, health professionals, veterinarians, and wildlife biologists. Recent graduates are succeeding in some of the best graduate programs in the country for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractic, optometry, physician’s assistant, cell and molecular biology, and law, among other professions. Placement rates far exceed national averages.