Biological, Earth and Physical Sciences

Philosophy and Goals

The Biological, Earth and Physical Sciences Department, through the efforts of a highly-qualified faculty and the availability of a variety of courses, strives to help all students achieve readiness for graduate study or professional employment. Limestone offers four different major concentrations and a minor in biology as well as a variety of interesting elective courses to fulfill general education requirments in the sciences.

The four Biology concentrations (see Programs/Degrees) include:  Pre-Professional (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-vet, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-nursing, and pre-optometry); Cell and Molecular Biology; Organismal Biology, and General Biology.

With just five core courses required for all majors the four concentrations allow maximum flexibility to tailor a curriculum to any student's specific needs and interests, whether graduate studies, health professions training, or work in industry or research.  Qualified students from Limestone's science programs have a high success rate for admission into programs of their choice and a 100% success rate in succeeding in their chosen fields once admitted!

Limestone's Hamrick Hall of Science has adequate laboratory facilities and high-tech classrooms with wireless internet, several student computer labs for instruction and independent work.  We are continually improving our laboratory equipment and maintain a moderate student-teacher ratio in our classes.  Almost all of our classes and laboratory sessions are taught by full-time Limestone College faculty and staff too.

Our faculty members hold diverse specialties in botany, zoology, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, entomology, microbiology, immunology, comparative anatomy and pathology, earth sciences, and science education.

In 2012 female Limestone College science and math faculty and students conducted the inaugural Women In Technology and Science Day for over 75 local high school sophomores and juniors.  Outstanding female students in Limestone's science, math and technology programs served as Ambassadors for the student groups as well as guides for the hands-on activities the students got to experience.   WITS was deemed a great success by all, and was expanded in 2013, with the help of a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy to include more female high school students from surrounding counties.  In 2013-14, the WITS program will be offered in both the fall and spring terms and will reach even more female area high school students with an interest in technology, science, and health-related programs and careers!