The world is your lab.

The Millsaps College Biology Department fosters an appreciation for and curiosity about the living world and biological processes, an understanding of how current and historical scientific knowledge was acquired, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new questions. With a biology degree, you will be well prepared to enter graduate school, professional schools (such as medical school, dental school, or pharmacy school), or to enter immediate employment after graduation.

Recent graduates have pursued degrees in fields as varied as endocrinology, anatomy, physical therapy, ecology, evolutionary biology, pharmacy, nursing, biomedical sciences, marine biology, environmental law, and conservation biology.

The major in biology requires courses from several sub-disciplines, a senior seminar, and a comprehensive examination.

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In addition, you are encouraged to participate in research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Course credit for research may be granted through enrollment in Undergraduate Research, the Honors Program, or Ford Fellowship Program. The department has excellent facilities to support experimental research and field studies. Internships at local agencies, clinics, and laboratories are also available.

Summer and winter term field courses are offered on a regular basis. Recent courses
have been held in the American Southwest, Hawaii, Yucatán, and the Galápagos Islands.

Laboratory research opportunities are offered in molecular and cell biology, genetics, microbiology, and developmental biology. Many students perform biomedical research at the nearby University of Mississippi Medical Center. Field research opportunities are offered in ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology, both locally and in the American Southwest. The College’s field station at Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve in Yucatán, Mexico, also offers opportunities for research.

You can share your research during the annual Millsaps Student Science Research Symposium.


Sarah Lea Anglin

Professor of Biology

Brent E. Hendrixson

Professor of Biology, Chair

Elizabeth A. Hussa

Associate Professor of Biology, Chair

Yvette Langdon

Yvette Langdon

Professor of Biology

Will Selman

Will Selman

Professor of Biology

Kristina E. Rehm

Professor of Biology

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