Oct 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology (BIO)

264 William R. Murchie Science Building
(810) 762-3360
Fax: (810) 762-3310

Natural Sciences Department Chair:  Matthew Fhaner
Human and Wildlife Biology Professional Advisor:  TBD
Molecular Biology Professional Advisor:  Aaron Bagwell
Biology Professional Advisor, other programs:  Megan Presland
Laboratory Services Coordinator: Kristin Striber
Laboratory Classroom Service Technician: Kerigan Condron

Administrative Support Staff
196 Murchie Science Building
Public Relations & Advising:  Carly Byrne 
Personnel & Course Scheduling:  Patricia Slackta
Budget & Finances:  Mary Poletti

Professors Randall Duncan, Joseph F. Sucic; Associate Professors Heather Dawson, Karmen Hollis-Etter, Jerry D. Sanders, Kevin L. Tang, Jill C. Witt; Assistant Professors You-Shin Chen, Rebecca K. Tonietto; Lecturers III/IV  Russell M. Cossaboom, Elizabeth A. Malinowski, Jennifer E. Miller, Jill A. Slater, Dennis P. Viele, Jr., Margaret L. Ware, Teresa A. Yoder-Nowak; Lecturers I/II Ken Cabine, Dwayne Etter, Dania Habeck, Cindy Holzer, Kerry Lazenby, Earl Mayhew, Jon Morey, Danielle Harbin, Melvin Smith, Melissa Starking-Szymanski, Ron Stamper, Nicole Yambrick
Professor Emerita Jane Taylor; Associate Professors Emeriti Paul A. Adams, Gary L. Pace

Biology is the study of the organization and operation of life at cellular, organismal, and population levels. An understanding of biology leads to an appreciation of the complexity of the world of life and the role that human beings have within it. The discipline provides courses in biology that serve the needs of the general student as well as those specializing in the field. Students who concentrate in biology can design their programs to be the focus of a broad and liberal education, to prepare for graduate studies in a sub-discipline, or to obtain pre-professional training in medicine, dentistry, and other health-related fields.

Mission and Assessment
The mission of the Biology program is to provide students with a broad knowledge base in biology and the skills necessary to be successful in attaining their chosen career goals. In addition to the factual content, students learn the historical basis, the social context, and the scientific methodology of each of the major conceptual areas of biology.  The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment.

Majoring in Bioogy
The Biology program encourages undergraduate biology students to consider a minor or a double major with a program in another discipline.  However, students are not allowed to major in more than one biology program, nor are they allowed to both major and minor in biology.

Note:  Students who are seriously considering a biology program should consult with a biology advisor prior to registration for classes their first semester.