SWCC Science & Math Department
The beauty of the biological science major is its flexibility!
Selecting a field of study is different from selecting a career. The field of biology opens up the possibility of many exciting career opportunities. It all can start at SWCC with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science. After completion of the two year basic science degree, students transfer to a four year school.
Students declare a biology major their junior year which will be the first year at the four year school, where students will have a number of different biology courses to choose from to continue their studies in biology. At the transfer institution students will be assigned an adviser who will guide them to the coursework in biology and other courses needed to successfully complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.
Biology Professors and Advisors
Georgia Householder, email@example.com, Science advisor pre-medical specialization which includes pre-pharmacy
Jason Osborne, Jason.Osborne@sw.edu, Science advisor
Kevin Stilwell, Kevin.Stilwell@sw.edu, Science advisor
Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program Provides Biomedical Research Experience
Three SWCC students are conducting scientific research at Virginia Tech this summer. The students, Grace Carey of Tazewell, Sydney Charles of Grundy and Brandi Thomas of Jewell Ridge, were selected to the prestigious Bridges to the Baccalaureate paid summer research program.
Through a partnership with Virginia Tech, SWCC students have a unique opportunity to acquire valuable lab skills and research experience as undergraduates in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Program. After successfully navigating through a highly competitive selection process, Charles and Thomas were accepted to the B2B program and invited to conduct research at Virginia Tech for 10 weeks this summer. The Bridges to the Baccalaureate program (B2B) at Virginia Tech provides participants the opportunity to participate in biomedical research with faculty mentors. Charles is currently conducting research in the lab of Dr. Deborah Good and Thomas is conducting research in the lab of Dr. Ann Stevens.
Grace Carey was selected to the Multicultural Academic Opportunities program (MAOP) Summer Research Internship (SRI) and is conducting research in the lab of Dr. Mark Williams. The MAOP-SRI is also a 10-week paid research position that enables students to work closely with a faculty mentor and to design, conduct and present scholarly research.
Applications for the upcoming 2018 B2B Summer Research Program will be available to SWCC students late in the fall semester. For more information on the SWCC – Virginia Tech B2B program or a career in science contact Jason Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Stilwell at email@example.com.
Course formats are varied – hybrid, in class and online.
See Biology Course Descriptions
Why major in Biology?
Biology explores the structure, function and evolution of diverse living systems. It addresses some of the most important issues of today. Some of these biology issues are genetic engineering, stem cell research, obesity, cancer and effects of global warming. The biology major will allow you to pursue various exciting careers. Some of these careers include those in health care, education, research, pharmaceutical sales, law, genetic counseling, medical illustration, textbook development. As you review the list below you will see the possibilities with a biology degree are nearly endless and only limited by your imagination.
How to get started
To get started on your degree in science at SWCC you must be ready to enroll in MTH 163 or MTH 271. Another important class for science majors is general chemistry. To take general chemistry the student must take MTH 163 prior to enrolling in it or enroll in MTH 163 and CHM 111 together. To enroll in these classes math scores must be available to the college and your advisor.
Make an appointment with your advisor and keep the appointment. Students can contact science advisors by email (see Biology Professors and Advisors ). Your advisor will make sure you are started on the right track. This is the most important step you can take in getting started.
Career options in biology and associated careers.
To find out the what, how and pay of careers listed below use the occupational Bureau of Labor Statistics Outlook Handbook http://data.bls.gov/search/query/results?cx=013738036195919377644%3A6ih0hfrgl50&q=Biology+degree
*A teaching certificate with a BS degree is needed for teaching at the elementary school through high school levels.