Welcome to Union University! We are excited that you are considering coming to Union and perhaps majoring in Biology. The Biology Department is located in White Hall, which houses Biology, Nursing, and Chemistry. The Biology Department faculty look forward to meeting you and helping you meet your learning and career goals. Not only will you work and pray together with faculty, getting to know them both inside and outside the classroom setting, but each Biology major has the opportunity to participate in research as well. Come join our long and distinguished list of alumni who represent Union well in the professions to which they have been called. If you'd like to know what you can do with a Biology degree, we hope the careers page will help you. If there is any way that we can help you with your decision making process or answer any questions (some FAQ are listed below), please do not hesitate to contact us.
In Christ,Dr. Mark Bolyard
Q. What courses should I take in high school if I want to be a Biology major?
A. We recommend that you take plenty of science courses. Be sure to take the ones that interest you, focusing primarily on Biology (of course!). Courses in Chemistry and Physics are also helpful. We also suggest that you take as much Math as possible, including a course in Statistics if your school offers it. Believe it or not, science students do a fair amount of reading and writing; therefore, English or other courses that improve your reading and writing skills also would be helpful.
Q. What do you think about AP or dual credit classes? Will it help me get ahead as a Biology major?
A. There are two answers to that. First, most AP or dual credit courses will provide you with credit only for our Biology 100 course, which is the department's introductory course for non-majors; therefore, it will not help you with your Biology curriculum. However, any AP or dual credit course certainly will make you better prepared as you enroll in Biology 112, our first course for majors.
Q. What do you think about the idea of "shadowing?"
A. "Shadowing," or spending some time with a person in the profession in which you are interested, is a great idea. If nothing else, this will help you understand more about your choice of profession, and it will give you a clearer idea of what God has in store for your life.
Q. Are there research opportunities for Biology students at Union?
A. Yes! Not only are there opportunities, but research is required of all Biology majors. The Biology Department has purchased quite a few pieces of sophisticated equipment for student use in their research projects and in various courses. We encourage students to begin thinking about research as early as possible upon deciding to become a Biology major.
Q. Are there opportunities to work with animals at Union?
A. Yes! We now offer a Zoology major! While there are several different types of opportunities, one that stands out is work through the Wildlife Rehab Center, directed by Drs. James Huggins and JR Kerfoot. Their objective is to receive injured and abandoned animals, primarily raptors (owls, hawks, etc.), nurse them back to health, then either release them into the wild or find ways for them to be used as educational animals. There are several opportunities to work with animals through this Center. We are also continually strengthening our relationship with the Memphis Zoo and West TN Safari Park.
Q. Are there opportunities to work with plants at Union?
A. Yes! We now offer a Botany major. Construction is currently underway on our new greenhouse, and we have launched the UU Arboretum. We also have an excellent relationship with the West TN Research and Education Center.
Q. How do I arrange a visit to the Biology Department and White Hall?
A. Please contact Union’s Admissions Office to arrange a visit to campus. Indicate that you are interested in Biology, and they will set up a meeting with a Biology faculty member and a tour of our facility.
Q. How big are Biology classes?
A. Introductory class lectures may have around 40 students; upper-level classes, however, usually have a cap of 16-20. Lab numbers are also limited for better interaction.
Q. What are some career options for those with a Biology degree?
A. We’ve gathered some information on a biology careers page. With the resources listed, you should be able to obtain quite a broad overview of the many career paths available. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss this question in more depth.
Q. What are some of your alumni doing with their degrees?
A. See some what some of our alumni are doing here:
Q. Why should I choose Union?
A. We at Union believe that just as God knit you together in your mother’s womb (Ps. 139), He has also prepared you to do good works (Eph. 2:10). These good works must certainly include your life’s profession. Therefore, we are in the business of preparing biology-oriented young people to go out into the world and make a difference for Christ. The Biology faculty members have dedicated their lives to teaching students and meeting the needs of those whom God has prepared for graduate or professional school, as well as various careers. Our graduates find great success in a wide variety of academic and career paths. We will tirelessly guide you through the educational rigors of biological content and research within the context of the call that our Lord has issued to you.