The Department of Biology at Hampden-Sydney College is dedicated to programs of academic excellence in the biological sciences. The department strives to provide its students the best possible post-secondary degree programs for those who wish to enter graduate or health professional schools, the secondary-school teaching program, or seek careers in business, industry or government. Students take a series of core courses augmented by upper-division electives. The electives are selected from areas of special interest and faculty expertise such as molecular and microbial biology, cell and developmental biology, immunology, animal anatomy and physiology, botany, evolutionary biology, and ecology.
Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, working directly in the research laboratory with a faculty member and receiving hands-on training with sophisticated equipment. The departmental staff has published numerous articles which appear in many scientific publications.