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Biology Department

LVC biology majors combine in-depth study of biology with a breadth of courses in chemistry and physics, all within the context of a liberal arts education. Students may study biology, biochemistry & molecular biology, medical technology, or psychobiology, gaining a solid foundation in the principles of these disciplines. Courses are oriented toward lab and field experiences, and the use of modern instrumentation.

Collegiate Ranking
Biology faculty are dedicated teachers and scientists and the College is known for the strength and the achievements of its science alumni. Recently, Peterson's Guide identified Lebanon Valley College as one of 200 colleges and universities in America offering outstanding programs in the sciences and mathematics.

LVC's biology program has a remarkable record of graduate school placement. In the last five years, 45 percent of graduates have gone on to graduate or professional schools.

Recent biology graduates have pursued careers as scientists for such companies as Pfizer, DuPont, The Hershey Company, Merck, and Upjohn. Government agencies that have employed LVC graduates include NIH, the FDA, the EPA, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Smithsonian. Biology graduates have received ITT-Fulbright, National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-Doctoral fellowships, and a Fulbright Fellowship.

Facilities and Equipment
The department, located in the recently revitalized Neidig-Garber Science Center, has eight teaching laboratories including two first-year labs, nine student research laboratories, a biotechnology suite, a microscopy suite with SEM and TEM, two greenhouses, an animal room with cage washer, an aquatics room, cell and tissue culture rooms, photographic dark rooms and a printing room, and a walk-in environmental chamber. The entire building is equipped for wireless and hard-wired communications and there are several study rooms and lounge areas for student use.

Students benefit from hands-on training with modern instrumentation. Major teaching/research instrumentation includes an ISI scanning electron microscope, Zeiss transmission electron microscope, ultramicrotomes, photomicroscopes, fluorescence microscopes, IWorx data collections stations in the physiology labs, ultracentrifuge, high speed centrifuges, several Ocean Optics spectrometers, a UV/VIS spectrophotometer, biological safety hood, and a Panasonic microvideo system. Each teaching lab is also outfitted with a projection system for microvideo cameras.