Biology routinely offers two travel courses. Biology
in Mexico is a field course that is offered in the spring of even-numbered
years. Students attend classes weekly in preparation for the week-long
field trip during spring break. The Mexican component involves travel
to tropical central Mexico where flora and fauna are vastly different from
west Texas. Students explore numerous wet and dry caves, some inhabited
by colonies of bats. Students who have taken this trip say it is
a "can't miss" adventure for biology students.
The second travel course is offered in the May Term
of odd-numbered years. Montane Biology takes students
to the mountains of northern New Mexico for a week exploring the wildlife
of the mountains. Trails take students high into mountains still
decked with snow. Side trips to pueblos and national historic areas
complete the adventure.
Students with an interest in research can
work with professors on projects. Much of our research work is designed
to allow students to make significant contributions. Work can focus
on field studies or laboratory investigations. For information on
the research interests of faculty, click here.
McMurry biology students have done research resulting in a number of presentations
at regional, national, and international meetings, and a number of publications
in respected journals.
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
The Pi Beta Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta
Biological Honor Society provides opportunities for students to gain a
deeper understanding of biology and participate in special programs related
to the life sciences. See Dr. Tom Benoit, sponsor, for information concerning
requirements for membership.
American Medical Student Association
The American Medical Student Association
has a student chapter at McMurry. The organization is open to students
interested in the health professions and allied health professions.
AMSA works with Hendrick Medical Center to coordinate an extensive program
throughout the year, including opportunities to shadow doctors, attend
medically-related programs with special speakers sponsored by HMC, and
participate in internship programs.