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Welcome to the Biology Program at NOVA's Alexandria Campus! What is Biology? It is the study of life; from the smallest microorganisms that inhabit our internal and external environments to the macroscopic animals that roam our planet. We are all connected. The study of biology will enhance your appreciation of the relationships between living organisms and broaden your understanding of the fascinating and enigmatic world within and around you!

Biology Department

Our biology department offers numerous courses including anatomy and physiology, general biology, botany, cell biology, ecology, environmental science, genetics, microbiology, natural science and zoology. Some of our courses are offered as Honors or Honors Option courses. Most of the courses have a laboratory component that provides a hands-on learning experience, while reinforcing the theory taught in the lectures.

Several biology courses satisfy the natural science requirements for various A.S. and A.A.S. degrees at NOVA, and transfer to four-year institutions. In addition, many students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, environmental science, biotechnology, biological research and more take our classes. Introductory classes such as General Biology I & II (BIO 101-102) may be taken by majors and non-majors; and, comprehensive courses such as Microbiology (BIO 205) and Cell Biology (BIO 206) fulfill the requirements for science majors planning to transfer to a four-year institution. Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIO 141-142) and Introductory Microbiology (BIO 150) courses are prerequisites for students considering allied health and nursing programs.

Students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor to select an academic plan that best fulfills their career goals.

Biology Faculty

Our biology faculty are experienced, student-centered and committed to offering quality instruction. Several members conduct lab-based research, which provides unique opportunities for students to participate in independent studies and research projects under faculty supervision. Faculty members are actively involved in mentoring, advising and student clubs.

Science Resource Center (SRC)

The Science Resource Center (SRC) is an invaluable amenity available to students. The facility is staffed by science faculty and well-equipped with models, slides and laboratory equipment.

Please click to find lab schedules, lab materials and other resources.