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As a Biology major, you’ll take courses in topics such as:
Biology at Mississippi College offers a unique curriculum that ranges from a course in human dissection in our state of the art Human Gross Anatomy Cadaver Lab to research courses in cancer, virology, ecology and others. MC graduates enjoy remarkably high medical school and dental school acceptance rates. Others will go on to graduate school and conduct important research. Still others will become secondary school teachers and help young people better appreciate science.
The Biology premedical program at Mississippi College is like no other in the country. We offer a collection of medical school-level courses such as Human Gross Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Histology, Neuroanatomy and Pharmacology. This is no better preparation for medical school than to take these courses ahead of time within your undergraduate curriculum.
Since many of the science courses in medical school are very similar to dental school course work, the Biology premed program is fantastic preparation for dental school as well. The medical sciences program is also perfect for students wanting to go to pharmacy school since this track also covers all of your prerequisites for that professional program.
The Biology department has one of the best equipped research facilities for undergraduates in the southeastern United States. Our faculty love to have undergraduate students help them with their research. The research track affords you the opportunity to do research in cancer, virology, molecular biology, field biology, and many other areas. Many of our students use their research experience to go on to graduate school to pursue their Ph.D.
Professional education courses supplement science courses for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education, leading to certification in Biology and General Sciences for Grades 7-12.
A strong foundation for a wide variety of careers: physical therapy, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, medical technology, and field biology.
The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to carrying out a greater mission, providing an environment where students can develop academically and intellectually as well as emotionally and spiritually. We strive to provide the best possible scientific education, and a solid foundation for success in professional school, graduate school, and postgraduate careers. Our alumni are pursuing prestigious careers in medicine and research, and making a difference as educators and healthcare professionals.
We offer an excellent internship for students wanting to attend Medical or Dental school. Through our Medical/Dental Alumni Association, qualified students will be able to spend time shadowing physicians and dentists all across the state. These professionals are also Mississippi College alumni who what to help our undergraduate students learn firsthand what it is like to be a physician or dentist.
MC consistently provides approximately 20% of the entering medical school class at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, composing only about 5% of the applicants.
In addition to this, students in the premedical program are the only undergraduate students in the country able to take medical school board exams (also called "shelf exams"). These exams, written by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), are taken at the end of each medical school course. Because MC teaches many of our Biology courses at medical school level, the NBME has allowed MC to give those board exams to our students. Top MBME Board scores for MC students are above the 90th percentile. MC's top Gross Anatomy Board score recently was 97th percentile, meaning the MC Gross Anatomy student who achieved that score did better than 97% of medical students across the country who just finished their medical school gross anatomy course.
Interested in marine biology? MC students can take a wide selection of marine biology courses and even study marine life in the wild, thanks to a partnership between the Mississippi College Department of Biological Sciences and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute of Marine Sciences.
To know science is to do science and that means learning how to do research. We have a team of faculty researchers who would love to have you in their lab making exciting new discoveries. You will find out what it is like to write research papers, go to scientific meetings, and present your research data.
The new 20,000 square-foot Hederman Medical Science extension opened in 2013 and features a wet cadaver lab that is available to undergraduate students via the Gross Anatomy course. Instead of working with plasticized or computerized models, MC students have the opportunity to study the real thing - a rarity in undergraduate education.
The Department of Biological Sciences sends nearly 100 graduates to medical school and dental school each year.