Why Study at JCSU?

At JCSU, our biology program is tailored to fit your needs and career goals. Once you chose your concentration in the program, we'll match you with an expert faculty member who has relevant experience in the field you want to enter.

We prepare you for success beyond the classroom.

Because our campus is small enough for you to develop a one-on-one relationship with your professors, they’ll be better equipped to help you understand your course material and succeed in the classroom.

And unlike larger institutions, our students have more opportunities to participate in research projects and paid internships. You’ll be able to gain valuable lab and workplace experience before you even graduate.

You’ll also be able to tailor our biology program to fit your future career goals, and you’ll have the right background to enter fields like:

  • Human medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Pharmacology

Research opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

Paid summer research is also a major draw for our students and will help your resume stand out to future employers.

  • Nearly 60% of our recent biology graduates presented papers at professional scientific conferences while they were still students at JCSU.
  • Several of our students have had the opportunity to participate in the Center for Chemistry of the Universe and the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Summer Research Program. An eight-week research program held at the University of Virginia, our students were able to work with faculty, graduate and other undergrad students to explore research topics in chemistry, astronomy and more.
  • JCSU professor Dr. Alexa Rosypal has employed several biology majors to assist with her research grants. Over the summers, our students have worked with her to examine the spread of parasitic diseases in dogs and raptors.
  • JCSU professor Dr. Philip Otienoburu works with students in a variety of areas including mosquito control, food security and sustainable agriculture.
  • Dr. Sunil Gupta has had an NSF grant for the past 10 years that encourages and pays students to do research in addition to helping them matriculate into graduate and professional schools.
  • A National Science Foundation grant with Appalachian State University has employed many of our students to study the structure of forest communities in North Carolina.

Personalized attention gives you the tools to succeed.

The Biology degree program is designed to be flexible. You’ll work with your advisor to design a course of study that meets your needs and helps you attain your career and education goals. 

Get involved in on-campus activities and organizations.

On-campus organizations are the best way for you to get to know your professors outside the classroom setting.

The Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society and the Society for Opportunities in the Sciences (SOS) both provide our students with professional development, as well as opportunities for socializing and community service.

Why choose a liberal arts education?

College graduates with a liberal arts education are vital to our country’s progress.

According to an article from CNN.com, “Why liberal arts matter,” students who graduate from liberal arts universities have a distinct advantage. They will be able to look at any problem and find a creative solution, as well as new opportunities. Rather than a technical degree that focuses on one area, a liberal arts education combines the study of science and math with the arts and humanities.

At JCSU, we emphasize learning new technologies, in addition to different world views and cultures. We teach our students to ask “why?” and to look at any situation from a variety of angles.

Employees who think creatively and communicate well will always be in high demand. As a JCSU student, you’ll improve these skills with every course you take.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1155.