This page is
for graduate and professional studies,
…training future scientists, health
care professionals, and teachers,
…connecting students to the natural
heritage of the southern mountains.
The Department of Natural
Sciences houses the programs in Biology
and Chemistry. These programs prepare
students for employment, graduate study,
and teaching in a wide variety of fields
related to the life sciences. The Biology Program offers
makes the Biology Program at MHU unique?
major is unusual for a small
liberal arts college. The Zoology
major provides structured training focusing
on animal biology. This major is designed to prepare a student for
research and further training in graduate
or professional school.
Student who are interested in a career
working at a zoological park or aquarium
may major in either Zoology or Biology.
Another strength of this program is the
level of undergraduate
research activity. The faculty are active
in the fields of microbiology, biotechnology,
physiology, environmental consulting,
water quality, field biology, and
conservation biology. Faculty research
generates opportunities for undergraduate
research through faculty-student collaborations.
These research activities provide important
hands-on experience in learning the process
of science as conducted in the laboratory
and the outdoors. Research activities
are also incorporated into the classroom.
An individual research project is
required of each student during the
and small classes are
the rule! Upper division classes
typically have <20 students, and all lab
sections have <20 students. Labs are
taught by faculty (not graduate
students), and therefore, provide
opportunities for one-on-one
interactions between student and
instructor. Students receive individual
assistance from faculty in choosing
classes and exploring career options.
internships are commonplace.
Students gain real-world experience by
doing an internship in the field of interest.
Academic credit is awarded based on the
time and skill demanded by the experience.
Each internship is taylored to the
interests of the individual student, a
database of past internships is available in
LifeWorks career office.
Examples of recent internships include:
at veterinarian clinic.
intern with Southern Appalachian
technician with National Park
Service on St. Croix,VI
writer for US Fish-and-Wildlife
care at Indianapolis Zoo
lab technician with State Bureau
field studies in Kenya
care at hospital and medical
MHU allows a student to pursue a liberal arts
education while preparing for a career
in a health profession field. These programs
studies preparing students for careers
in medical, veterinarian, physician
assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy,
and other heath-related professions.
programs provide the background necessary
for graduate study in medical, dental,
pharmacy, veterinarian, physical therapy,
and physician assistant programs.
MHU provides the science requirements for
entry for these programs through concentrations
in Biology and Chemistry majors. These demanding
courses prepare students for the competitive
application process. The faculty maintain
relationships with universities providing
these graduate programs in North Carolina
and the Southeast region. Students
receive personalized guidance from a faculty
member specializing in this field including
assistance in acquiring the clinical hours
required prior to application to many