Biology Department

Biology at Roanoke College

It is where all of the Life Happens!

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Through our innovative curriculum, students acquire essential knowledge and build required skills. Our biology-first approach engages scholars from day one. Click here to learn more about becoming a Biologist
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Personalize your Roanoke Biology experience. Join a research lab, add a minor, complete an amazing internship, Study Away, get immersed in a Biology May Term. Change your world with a senior research project. Click here to design your own path.

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Our graduates go on to work in the medical field, in National Parks, and for cutting edge companies. Roanoke Biologists discover, innovate, and educate. Click here for resources because the world is calling you. 

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Our People 

Our faculty cultivate curiosity, mentor students to discover their path, and inspire through example. Click here to meet our Biologists.

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The Biology Department and Biology Club puts on an array of seminars, trips, events, and activities. Click here and do Biology with us! 

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Our Spaces and Facilities 

The world is our lab. From exploring the shape, identity, and function of molecules, to discovering evolutionary relationships to understanding ecological interactions. Click here to see where we do biology.

COVID Teach-In

Have you wondered about this virus? Have you considered how science works and what public health officials are saying? Do you want to understand what is fact versus fiction? Come join us for a discussion on all of these topics and more.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 12:00 PM
Location: Back Quad (rain location is Alumni Gym)

Henrietta Lacks Legacy Week Seminar

Join us for a lecture from Dr. Sylvester A. Johnson - Race, Health, and Future Humans: Lessons from the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks.

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Date | Time: Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Location: Wortmann Ballroom