Contact InfoFrancie Cuffney
Head, Department of Biological Sciences
103 Science/Mathematics Bldg.
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Meredith’s biology curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students interested in the wide variety of career areas related to biological sciences, from medical to environmental to teacher training. Small class sizes as well as the opportunity for one-on-one work with faculty on research projects provides a personalized learning environment in which you will get to know faculty and your peers. The biology program emphasizes professional development, making our graduates sought after in STEM fields.
See how biology students at Meredith are going strong. Watch video »
See how biology students at Meredith are going strong
At Meredith College, Rimsha Afzal was able to pursue both of her passions: theatre and biology. Watch video »
Strong Story | Rimsha Afzal
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Karthik Aghoram explains how some crop varieties are better able to survive drought and other conditions that impact food production. Watch video »
The Meredith Minute | Combating Drought
Undergraduate research opportunities are a major part of Meredith’s biology program. Students have presented their research at venues such as the North Carolina Academy of Science, Southeastern Association of Biology, State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, and the Ecological Society of America. Read more »
As part of StrongPoints, biology majors can take a course to build their strengths in their chosen career path. Students explore career options, learn how to present themselves professionally, and make industry connections. Read more »
Exploring Career Options in Biology
Meredith’s location near Research Triangle Park makes it an ideal place for students to find internships and jobs in the life sciences field. Associate Professors of Biological Sciences Jason Andrus and Erin Lindquist have developed a course based on StrongPoints to help biology students make the most of that advantage – and use their strengths in their chosen career path.
Students first take the strengths assessment. Then they engage in a variety of exercises throughout the semester that help them explore career options, learn how to present themselves professionally, and make industry connections.
During one class, students practice introducing themselves based on their strengths. During another session, they review a career matrix of jobs within the biology field and talk about how they can employ their strengths within the careers that interest them.
An entire week devoted to professional development includes an evening for students to practice their “elevator speeches” and work on LinkedIn profiles, followed by an opportunity to network with alumnae working in the field and an etiquette dinner that prepares students for lunch or dinner interviews.
"I’m focused on helping our students understand how they can employ their strengths in their careers – and, ultimately, get jobs."Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Jason Andrus
Meredith’s location in Research Triangle Park provides many internship opportunities for biology students. Students have recently completed internships at the State Bureau of Investigation, City/County Bureau of Identification, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis. Learn more »