Biology Department

Biology Department Majors and Minors

Welcome to the Biology Department at Roanoke College. We offer two majors--Biology (B.S.), Biology (B.A.)--and a minor in Biology.  See the links to the left to learn about the courses required.

Real-world Learning

There are many ways students can gain firsthand experiences that will give them an edge in graduate school, professional school, or the work force. Our faculty have a dynamic and engaging array of research interests, and students have opportunities to participate fully in research as described below.

In addition, our department offers a variety of May Term (Intensive Learning) courses that engage students on campus and through travel. Many of our students gain experience through internships with medical professionals and businesses in the area, while others also expand their horizons by studying abroad.


The Biology Department is housed in the Life Science Building, including a wide range of modern instrumentation such as a microscopy facility, tissue culture facility, thermal cyclers, and a greenhouse.

Graduate/Professional Schools and Careers

Ninety-one percent of those who participated in the alumni survey indicated receiving job offers or an acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation. Biology Department students are entering competitive graduate schools, health professional schools, and businesses. Our students interested in health careers are guided by a Health Professions Advisory Group.

Biology Club

Getting involved in campus organizations such as the Biology Club provides a way to connect with other biology majors.

Future Students

We strongly encourage prospective students to visit us here in Salem, so that you can see, in person, what we have to offer. You may schedule a visit by contacting the Admissions Office (540-375-2270 or 1-800-388-2276). If you love the study of life as we do you should strongly consider becoming a part of the Biology Department at Roanoke College

Archaeology Day

Are you interested in Archaeology? Do you think Archaeology might be cool, but has no relationship to your major? Are you a humanities student? A social science student? A natural science student? Then this event is for you!

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Date | Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Location: Pickle Lounge

Hylton Lecture 2019 - Your Free Clinic: A Vital Role in Healthcare and in the Community

Janine Underwood is the Executive Director of the Bradley Free Clinic, which provides free, high quality health care for low income and underserved residents of the Roanoke Valley. Among her many other pursuits, she a founding member of a group designed to implement a comprehensive action plan to address the opioid and addiction crisis in our communities.  

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Date | Time: Monday, October 28, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Location: Wortmann Ballroom in the Colket Center