Biology Department



The faculty members of the Biology Department are committed to providing the best possible education for our students. Toward this end we strongly encourage students to become full participants in the processes of science.

Our role as faculty is to provide the intellectual and physical environment where this participation can take place. Teaching and learning biology at Hendrix includes rigorous classroom discussions, investigational laboratory exercises, field work, and research projects designed to maximize the role of the students as scientist.

We recognize that telling students about science, or even demonstrating scientific experiments, can never provide the rich, rewarding experience of doing science. Although our students do take a rigorous series of formal lecture courses to provide the background necessary for developing an intellectual understanding of science, it is the participation aspects of our program that leads to true maturation as scientists.

Our students graduate from Hendrix prepared to enter medical school (Hendrix graduates enjoy a medical school acceptance rate twice the national average), veterinary school, graduate school, the research world, and a variety of other fields.

Department Goals for Biology Majors

Biology majors will:

  1. Appreciate what biological science is and how the scientific method is used to increase our understanding of the natural world.
  2. Use observations and experimental protocols to make and test hypotheses.
  3. Apply appropriate analytical and statistical tools for the analysis of data used in the testing of hypotheses and for scientific writing and presentations.
  4. Appreciate the breadth of biological science and understand the key principles of the major sub-disciplines.
  5. Study one or more biological sub-disciplines in depth.
  6. Be conversant with the major paradigms of biology and understand current debates over poorly understood biological principles.
  7. Be able to read, understand and summarize articles from the current biological literature.
  8. Appreciate the place of biological science in the liberal arts curriculum and the roles of scientist within society.
  9. Develop intellectual curiosity and a life-long love of learning.
  10. Have developed the intellectual and practical skills to be successful in graduate school, professional school or their chosen field of employment.