2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences


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Mark L. Fink, Chair
Reannan Tinsley, Administrative Assistant
Ruth H. Holliday, Laboratory and Research Specialist

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Longwood provides fundamental training for students interested in biological science, environmental science, geography, and earth science. Students interested in biology can earn a bachelor’s degree or a minor. Students interested in environmental science can pursue a bachelor’s degree or a minor. The Department also offers minors in geography, earth science and geographic information sciences as well as a Pre-Medical Program, a Clinical Lab Sciences Program, and teaching licensure for 6-12 Biology.

The Department further contributes to the university’s mission of developing Citizen Leaders through its commitment to coursework in multiple goals in the Civitae Core  as well as the curriculum in Elementary Education. In addition to helping students become scientifically literate, the Department seeks to help its students develop both critical and independent thinking skills through coursework and student research opportunities.

The Department’s commitment to excellence in the major and minor programs as well as its contributions to Civitae Core and Elementary Education is evident in its commitment to institutional assessment. Senior biology majors are required to take a comprehensive achievement test appropriate for their major. The purpose of the test, given in both the spring and fall terms, is to assess the progress of the majors and the effectiveness of the program. Additionally, courses contributing to the university’s Civitae Core are assessed each semester.

Biology Program

Faculty

Binaya Adhikari, PhD, Lecturer of Biology
Consuelo J. Alvarez, PhD, Professor of Biology
Amorette E. Barber, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Dale L. Beach, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Benjamin K. Campbell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Science Education, Program Coordinator for Secondary Science Education
Alix D. Dowling Fink, PhD, Professor of Biology
Mark L. Fink, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Department Chair
Kenneth Fortino, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
R. Adam Franssen, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Sujan M. Henkanaththegedara, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Brandon E. Jackson, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Dina M. Leech, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Mary E. Lehman, PhD, Professor of Biology
Bjoern C. Ludwar, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Ann Mayo, PhD, Lecturer of Biology
Katie Pennington, PhD, Lecturer of Biology
Erin K. Shanle, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Biology Program Coordinator
Denis Trubitsyn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology
Wade A. Znosko, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology

Clinical Lab Sciences Concentration

Faculty

Bjoern C. Ludwar, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology

Integrated Environmental Sciences Program

Faculty

Benjamin K. Campbell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Science Education, Program Coordinator for Secondary Science Education
Kathy DeBusk Gee, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Environmental Sciences Program Coordinator
Alix D. Dowling Fink, PhD, Professor of Biology
Mark L. Fink, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Department Chair
Kenneth Fortino, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
David S. Hardin, PhD, Associate Professor of Geography
Sujan M. Henkanaththegedara, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Edward L. Kinman, PhD, Professor of Geography
Christopher F. Labosier, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Dina M. Leech, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Mary E. Lehman, PhD, Professor of Biology
Ravi Sankar, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Geography
Leslie E. Straker, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Environmental Science

Affiliated Department Faculty

Justin Ellis, PhD, Honors Faculty, Environmental Science

Earth Science and Geography Programs

Faculty

Kathy DeBusk Gee, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Science
David S. Hardin, PhD, Associate Professor of Geography
Edward L. Kinman, PhD, Professor of Geography
Christopher F. Labosier, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Programs

    Bachelor of ScienceMinor

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