Mission & Vision

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Longwood University will provide high quality instruction and mentoring to undergraduate students with the goal of preparing them for graduate study or a professional career.

Specifically, faculty in the department will promote a comprehensive education in theoretical principles and research methodologies applied to the scientific study of life processes at the cellular, organism, and ecosystem levels, as well as to the scientific study of environmental and earth science, geophysical processes, and geography, in order to foster student learning, scholarship, and achievement.

In addition to its majors, the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences provides fundamental training and instruction contributing to the basic education of undergraduate students at Longwood University through a suite of courses appropriate for the General Education Program and the Liberal Studies Program. The department will also contribute to the new Nursing Program by providing suitable coursework. The department continues to offer courses in the Cormier Honors College as well as minors in Biology, Environmental Studies, Earth Science, and Geography for students in other major areas. The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences looks forward to initiating a new major in Environmental Sciences in the near future.

In addition to coursework designed to help students become scientifically literate, the department also strives to develop critical and independent thinking skills in the students it serves through numerous internships and student research opportunities. The department¹s commitment to excellence in the biology major and minor programs as well as its contributions to General Education, Liberal Studies, and Nursing is evident in its commitment to institutional assessment. Senior biology majors are required to take a comprehensive achievement test appropriate for their major. The purpose of the test is to assess the progress of the majors and the effectiveness of the program. Additionally, courses contributing to the University¹s General Education Program are assessed each semester.