To understand biology means to understand life. And as a biology major at Hollins, you won’t just memorize facts — you’ll live them.
We provide students with the opportunities to learn in the lab and in field research, leaving no stone unturned. You’ll have access to several professional-grade resources and technologies.
Fall Term 2017 saw four existing laboratories refreshed, two faculty office suites constructed, and the lobby area transformed as part of the Dana Science Building’s $6.5 million renovation. Five new labs and support spaces were operational by Spring Term 2018.
Dana Science Building Renovation (PDF)
You have two Biology degree choices if you major in biology at Hollins. The B.A. in biology highlights four courses with labs. The B.S. involves a deeper undertaking with several biology-related electives and allied courses.
A biology minor requires three courses with labs, along with three biology-related electives.
Hollins, Virginia Tech Partnership
Hollins University and the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech are offering undergraduate students at Hollins summer research experience in Virginia Tech labs. Info on the Hollins, Virginia Tech Partnership >
Hollins University Caribbean Ecology
Ocean acidification, warming sea temperatures, and changes in patterns of disturbance have all had a significant impact on organisms in marine environments. To better understand these marine environments and to collect information on change, Hollins University students and faculty have monitored population and abundance patterns of marine biodiversity (fish, turtles, invertebrates, sea grass, and coral) in the waters surrounding St. John, USVI, every January since 2011.
Here’s what they are doing >
Sigma Xi is a scientific research honor society created to distinguish exceptional scientists who want to be at the forefront of impacting world change through research. As a university that promotes scientific research and advancements, it is no surprise that Hollins was awarded a chapter from one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world. Learn more about Sigma Xi >
What You'll Learn
Goal of attending M.D./Ph.D. Program
During summer 2018, biology major Sunny Greene ’19 was part of a research team in the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Greene spent 12 weeks investigating a rare genetic disorder called Chediak-Higashi Disease (CHD), of which there are only 300 cases known worldwide. The NIH experience offered Greene valuable credentials and crucial preparation for achieving her goal of gaining acceptance to one of the nation’s highly selective M.D./Ph.D. programs. Greene is currently a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Sunny’s story >
Professor Morgan Wilson talks about Biology at Hollins
To Make a Difference
Roshaye Graham ’18 experienced the loss of her grandmother in Jamaica. “I witnessed firsthand the critical need for healthcare providers to not only devote time and care to their patients, but to also adequately and accurately inform caregivers of their loved one’s condition,” she recalls. She will enroll at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine where she plans to become an OB-GYN. “I want to make a difference in Jamaica’s healthcare system, and my determination, commitment, and passion will enable me to be successful.” Her story >