2024-2025 University Catalog 
    
    Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog

Biology (BIOL)


Biology

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts major and a Bachelor of Science major. Students contemplating either of these should, during the first term of their first year, register for MATH 101  and a laboratory science course in the biology or chemistry departments (BIOL 111/113 or CHEM 110).

The Marine Science Education Consortium with the Duke University Marine Laboratory. This program makes it possible for W&L biology majors to spend Fall Term or Winter and Spring Terms at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C. Usually this experience is during the junior or senior year. All credits successfully completed will apply toward the major in biology and the degree from Washington and Lee. See Marine Science Education  for more information.

Honors: An Honors Program in biology is offered for qualified students; see department head for details.

Department Head: William Hamilton

Faculty

First date is the year in which the faculty member began service as regular faculty at the University. Second date is the year of appointment to the present rank.

Nadia A. Ayoub, Ph.D.—(2009)-2022
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Sarah N. Blythe, Ph.D.—(2010)-2018
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Paul R. Cabe, Ph.D.—(2000)-2009
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

E. William Hamilton III, Ph.D.—(2001)-2013
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Jessica Healy-LaPrice, Ph.D.—(2010)-2024
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Colorado State University

Robert Humston, Ph.D.—(2008)-2018
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Miami

Lawrence E. Hurd, Ph.D.—(1993)-1993
John T. Herwick, M.D., Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Syracuse University

David M. Marsh, Ph.D.—(2000)-2012
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Alicia Reigel, Ph.D.—(2023)-2023
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Natalia Toporikova, Ph.D.—(2012)-2024
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University

Fiona Watson, Ph.D.—(2008)-2024
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Harvard University

Gregg B. Whitworth, Ph.D.—(2011)-2017
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Charles T. Winder, M.S.—(2009)-2009
Laboratory Instructor
M.S., University of Tennessee

Degrees/Majors/Minors

Major

Minor

Courses