To contact us:
Dr. Jenn Dearolf, Chair
1600 Washington Avenue
Conway, Arkansas 72032
The Biology Department of Hendrix College has the good fortune to reside in an
excellent facility, have the breadth of interests among the faculty appropriate
for a small liberal arts college, and to attract talented, highly motivated students.
The Donald W. Reynolds Life Science Center houses
the Departments of Biology and Psychology. The Life Sciences Center provides a fully
modern facility for teaching science, both in the lecture hall and the laboratory.
The Center also has dedicated space for undergraduate research, greenhouses, and
small-animal care facility.
There are twelve biology faculty
in the Department; our academic and research interests span the breadth of biological
science. We differ from biology departments in larger, research-oriented schools
in that quality teaching is our foremost professional goal and, because of our limited
numbers, we must be generalists rather than specialists. While this means that we
may lack some bits of a specialist's knowledge of a particular aspect of science,
it also means that we have the generalist's love of biological science as a whole
and the ability to impart this appreciation of biology to undergraduates.
Biology is a popular major at Hendrix College; approximately 35 to 40 Hendrix
students graduate as Biology majors each year from a graduating class of approximately
220. Most of our graduating majors have participated in undergraduate research while
at Hendrix and a large majority will go on to
professional or graduate programs in
biology or medicine.
As a Department, we are strong supporters of a Liberal Arts education, convinced
that broadly educated students will experience greater personal and professional
satisfaction than those narrowly trained for a specific job. This breadth of education
is obtained by taking a wide variety of non-science courses and continuing that
breadth of coursework within the major. Therefore, all biology majors must take
a series of "core" courses that provide significant coverage across all aspects
of biological science. Upon successful completion of the core, students take upper
level elective courses in those particular aspects of biology that they find of
greatest interest. Students are also encouraged to participate in a research project,
either at Hendrix or using a summer break to work in a larger laboratory at a research
university, clinical or industrial setting. Students are also strongly encouraged
to participate in organizations and clubs, e.g., volunteer groups,
club (AED) , the Hendrix Biological