for graduate and professional studies,
…training future scientists, health
care professionals, and teachers,
…connecting students to the natural
heritage of the southern mountains.
The Department of Natural
Sciences houses the programs in Biology,
Chemistry, and Athletic
Training. These programs prepare
students for employment, graduate study,
and teaching in a wide variety of fields
related to the life sciences. The Biology Program offers
makes the Biology Program at MHC unique?
major is unusual for a small
liberal arts college. The Zoology
major provides structured training focusing
on animal biology. This major is designed to prepare a student for
research and further training in graduate
or professional school.
Student who are interested in a career
working at a zoological park or aquarium
may major in either Zoology or Biology.
Another strength of this program is the
level of undergraduate
research activity. The faculty are active
in the fields of microbiology, biotechnology,
physiology, environmental consulting,
water quality, field biology, and
conservation biology. Faculty research
generates opportunities for undergraduate
research through faculty-student collaborations.
These research activities provide important
hands-on experience in learning the process
of science as conducted in the laboratory
and the outdoors. Research activities
are also incorporated into the classroom.
An individual research project is
required of each student during the
and small classes are
the rule! Upper division classes typically
have <20 students, and all lab sections
have <20 students. Labs are taught
by faculty (not graduate students), and
therefore, provide opportunities for one-on-one
interactions between student and instructor.
Students receive individual assistance
from faculty in choosing classes and exploring
career options. These programs have a
successful graduates .
The students are also actively
engaged in learning outside the classroom.
Field trips and service projects are
incorporated into courses.
Students can incorporate their major
with extracurricular activities such as
internships are commonplace.
Students gain real-world experience by
doing an internship in the field of interest.
Academic credit is awarded based on the
time and skill demanded by the experience.
Each internship is taylored to the
interests of the individual student, a
database of past internships is available in
LifeWorks career office.
Examples of recent internships include:
at veterinarian clinic.
intern with Southern Appalachian
technician with National Park
Service on St. Croix,VI
writer for US Fish-and-Wildlife
care at Indianapolis Zoo
lab technician with State Bureau
field studies in Kenya
care at hospital and medical
MHC allows a student to pursue a liberal arts
education while preparing for a career
in a health profession field. These programs
studies preparing students for careers
in medical, veterinarian, physician
assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy,
and other heath-related professions.
Training major provides
skills in the areas of athletic
conditioning and treatment of
sports-related injuries, and
for the student interested in the
profession of athletic training. Mars
Hill College offers a CAATE-approved,
accredited undergraduate entry-level
curriculum program leading to a Bachelor
of Science in Athletic Training. The
course work and the clinical experiences
are designed to stress the theory and
practical application of athletic
training principles. The
curriculum provides the opportunity to
meet requirements for the Board of
Certification Exam. For information
regarding admission criteria to the
Athletic Training major, please see the
athletic training website: http://athletictraining.mhc.edu.
programs provide the background necessary
for graduate study in medical, dental,
pharmacy, veterinarian, physical therapy,
and physician assistant programs.
MHC provides the science requirements for
entry for these programs through concentrations
in Biology and Chemistry majors. These demanding
courses prepare students for the competitive
application process. The faculty maintain
relationships with universities providing
these graduate programs in North Carolina
and the Southeast region. Students
receive personalized guidance from a faculty
member specializing in this field including
assistance in acquiring the clinical hours
required prior to application to many