Biological, Earth and Physical Sciences
Philosophy and Goals
The Limestone College Biological, Earth and Physical Sciences Department strives to help all students achieve readiness for graduate study or professional employment through the efforts of its highly-qualified faculty and challenging courses. The Department offers four different major concentrations and a minor in biology as well as a variety of interesting topical elective courses to fulfill general education requirements in the sciences.
Our four Biology concentrations (see Programs/Degrees) include: Pre-Professional (primarily pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-vet, pre-phyisician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-nursing, and pre-optometry); Cell and Molecular Biology; Organismal Biology, and General Biology.
With just five core Biology courses required for all majors, the four concentrations allow maximum flexibility to tailor a curriculum to any student's specific needs and interests, whether research and graduate study, health professions education, or employment in field biology or industry. Qualified students from Limestone's science programs have a very high success rate gaining admission into programs of their choice and a 100% success rate succeeding in their chosen fields once admitted! Our students thrive at the next level, often ranking at the top of their classes.
Limestone's Hamrick Hall of Science has functional laboratory facilities and high-tech classrooms with wireless internet throughout, plus several student computer labs for instruction and independent work. We are continually improving our laboratory equipment and facilities and maintain a low student-teacher ratio in our classes. Virtually all of our classes and laboratory sessions are taught by full-time Limestone College faculty and staff too!
Our experienced and committed science faculty members hold diverse specialties in zoology and ecology, cell biology and genetics, entomology, microbiology and immunology, comparative anatomy and experimental pathology, physics, and science education.
Beginning in 2012 female Limestone College science and math faculty and students conducted the inaugural Women In Technology and Science Day for over 75 local high school sophomores and juniors. Outstanding female students in Limestone's science, math and technology programs served as Ambassadors for the student groups as well as guides for the hands-on activities the students got to experience. WITS was deemed a great success by all, and was expanded in 2013, with the help of a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy to include more female high school students from surrounding counties. In 2013-14, the WITS program will was offered in both the fall and spring terms and included over 200 female area high school students able to expore their interests in technology, science, and health-related programs at Limestone.