Division of Natural Sciences
The biology department is located on the first floor of the McKinney Center, which was constructed in 1994 as a comprehensive teaching center for science and mathematics. It has six teaching laboratories that are well equipped to provide hands-on exploration in organismal biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, environmental science, and population biology. There is also a teaching/research greenhouse with the adjacent Shrum Garden, and a herbarium. Almost all faculty members have small research labs separate from the larger teaching labs to provide individual research opportunities for students who decide to pursue honors and independent study courses.
Additional student resources include a computer lab, several multimedia lecture halls, and a lounge. A recent addition includes the Natural History Collection, which houses unique, extensive collections of shells, butterflies and other wildlife specimens that have been donated to the college. Several display modules that present the Collection allow students to admire and appreciate the diversity of life. The department takes full advantage of its central location in the Shenandoah Valley. Regular field trips to local environs throughout Virginia and West Virginia are incorporated into many relevant courses throughout the year.