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Karen Fredenburg
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Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450

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The biology department provides focused studies in the biological sciences to prepare students for post-graduate education in the biological and health fields and allow for specialization that matches their interests. 

Our faculty believe interaction in the classroom, laboratory, and on an individual basis is critical in the development of successful biology majors. Class sizes are small, laboratories accompany most courses, advising is conducted on an individual basis, and undergraduate research is encouraged.

  • 36% of majors entered post-graduate degree programs
  • 24% entered health professions
  • 30% accepted a commission in the military
  • Small class sizes –  average student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1


VMI Finds Niche in Field Biology Programming

In an era when most biology departments are focusing on the molecular side of the discipline, the study of field biology – animals, plants, and ecosystems – is going strong at VMI.

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Cool Toys: VMI Biofuels Lab

VMI’s robust undergraduate research program doesn’t just happen.

It thrives, and thrives only because at VMI we get a whole lot of help from our friends.

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birdsong research

From Field to Lab: Translating Birdsong

Cadet Sarah Hunziker ’13 spent last summer recording and cataloging the songs of tree swallows in an effort to understand the meanings behind their vocalizations.

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Medical School Preparation

The Path to Medical School

When biology professor Col. Wade Bell talks about medical school admissions these days, one of the first things he’ll mention is a new curricular emphasis driven by the Medical College Admission Test, the MCAT.

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Dawson Confocal Microscope

Cadet Research Results in Publication

Researchers at VMI are working towards uncovering the secrets of blood vessel development and maintenance using a state-of-the-art confocal microscope located at Washington and Lee University.

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bat research

Cadets Research Bats to Support Preservation

Three cadets worked this summer to preserve one of the smallest mammals in the world, the eastern small-footed bat. The work took them out into the field at Sherando Lake and other sites, where they crossed the paths of black bears, flying squirrels, and rattlesnakes.

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