Department of Biological Sciences
The department of biological sciences provides core curriculum courses in the biological sciences and appropriate undergraduate-level training for students planning careers in biological science and health related science. Students majoring in biological science will acquire a broad knowledge of the general principles of biological science to include the interrelationships of living organisms within the biosphere and the ways human populations impact these relationships. In the laboratories students develop skills in the use of the techniques and instrumentation used in modern biological science. These experiences provide optimum preparation for graduate study or careers as a professional biologist. Health related programs or pre-programs provide counseling and training relative to gaining admission to the clinical phases of the programs or career advancement within a particular health related profession.
Bachelor of Science degrees are offered with majors in biology and health related professions. All majors must fulfill the core curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Program
William Carey University is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory(GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The GCRL is a component of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute of Marine Sciences. The 50-acre site in Ocean Springs is adjacent to the Mississippi Sound and is surrounded by bayous and salt marshes that provide a natural laboratory for researchers and students. The GCRL focuses on marine research in the disciplinary areas of biology, chemistry, geology, and physics of coastal and continental shelf waters. Research emphasis areas include marine aquaculture, aquatic animal health, aquatic biodiversity and systematics, coastal ecology, fate and effects of environmental pollutants, and fisheries sciences.
The GCRL offers undergraduate summer courses in two 5-week terms which may be taken by William Carey University students for academic credit. Students may enroll in only one course each term, but may earn up to twelve semester hours credit during the summer. Interested students should obtain more information and application forms from their academic advisor, or from the GCRL website at http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/.
Department of Chemistry and the Physical Sciences
The courses in this department are designed to meet the interest and needs of the following students: (1) those wishing to acquaint themselves with some the of the fundamental principles of the physical sciences, (2) those whose professional goals require a foundation in chemistry and physics, including those preparing to teach, and (3) those whose major interest is in chemistry.
Department of Criminal Justice
The criminal justice major will prepare students to enter careers in various federal, state, and local law enforcement, corrections, and court related agencies. Students will also be prepared to enter similar career paths in the private sector or to pursue graduate study. The major is available in either the B.A. or the B.S. degree program.
Department of Mathematics
The aims of the department of mathematics are: (1) to give each student enrolled in the department an insight into the nature of mathematics and to acquaint students with some of its fundamental principles, (2) to offer the appropriate mathematical preparation to students pursuing a course of study for which certain mathematics courses are prerequisites, and (3) to provide training for those students whose major interest is mathematics, including those preparing to teach mathematics in secondary schools, those seeking industrial employment, and those planning to do graduate work in mathematics.
Department of Psychology and Counseling
The purposes of the department of psychology and counseling are:
- To offer an undergraduate major in psychology that will serve as a concentration for the liberal arts student.
- To prepare students for graduate study leading to an advanced degree for the professional psychologist.
- To enable students to gain a better understanding of themselves and others and to learn to cope effectively with their environments.
- To provide services for other departments and schools within the university to supplement their curricula and to enable their students to fulfill the requirements for certification in their respective fields such as education, medicine, music, nursing, and religion.
Students majoring in psychology may choose a degree program suitable to their plans for the future, and they may work toward the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.