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Biology Major Overview

The biology major prepares students for careers in medical professions, food and quality control, pharmaceuticals, the environmental field, biological research, and more. Biology is a growing field with new breakthroughs in genomics, medicine, molecular biology, and biotechnology. Our faculty achieve the highest knowledge of and technical skills, contribute significantly to their chosen fields, and honor the creator in their chose fields.

Greenville University’s biology major demands a comprehensive exposure to the entire field yet allows the flexibility to emphasize each student’s particular interest and career goals. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate studies in botany, molecular genetics, and other fields of biology. Others have entered competitive professional school programs in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Our faculty commit to providing learning experiences that build your competence and help you thrive as a professional. You will get to know them in and outside of the classroom and develop your career plans under their guidance. In fact, over the past 10 years, 85 - 90% of our students who applied to Medical School were admitted.

We encourage our students to explore the ethical and moral implications of biological science. We challenge them to respond in a thoughtful and Christ-like manner.

In the biology program at Greenville University, you'll be able to: 

  • Gain a versatile, comprehensive education through biology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology, and ecology courses.
  • Start building scientific skills from your introductory Biology and Chemistry courses.
  • Participate in summer research projects, internships, and practicum opportunities like Community Health Projects (CHNA) partnership with HSHS Holy Family Greenville, as well as shadowing experiences across the pre-health program.

Career outlook for bachelor's degree in biology.

A degree in biology opens the door to several fast-growing professions. Our bachelor’s degree in biology at Greenville University gives you a competitive edge in the job market and the educational foundation you need to succeed.  

Over the past 10 years, 85-90% of our students who applied to Medical School were admitted.

Why Earn Your Bachelor of Arts in biology at Greenville University?

Our Bachelor of Arts in biology provides flexible, hands-on training in biology that can be customized to your career interests. Led by professionals, our biology program gives you the chance to apply your learning directly to your future career. These are the kinds of opportunities you can expect when you earn your bachelor's degree in biology at Greenville University:

  • Strength and history of success in pre-med and pre-health. Graduate students agree that the quality of the biology program is one of the main reasons they attended Greenville University. A number of our graduates have continued on to become doctors, chiefs of medicine, and have received awards for their medical work, such as Dr. Catherine Weyers Moore, Dr. Mandy Swanson, and Dr. Camille Dunkley.
  • Research opportunities. Our summer research program provides paid summer research internships for students to work with faculty on various types of biological research. Recent projects have included understanding plant invasions, quantifying the extent of plant root systems, and exploring the effects of drugs on neural function in nematode worms.
  • Education provided by caring, highly qualified faculty and staff. Students cite faculty excellence as the most common reason they study at GU. Biology faculty include Fulbright scholars and a graduate from a Nobel-winning laboratory program. Learn more about our faculty.
    • Connections with medical schools, chiropractic schools, etc.  We have articulation with Logan School of Chiropractic Medicine, A.T. Still School of Medicine in Kirksville, and AUA School of Medicine in Antigua.
      • Connections with nursing schools. We have connections with St. John’s School of Nursing, SLU School of Nursing, and SIUE School of Nursing. Biology majors may also complete an accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree in biology followed by an accelerated bachelor’s degree in Nursing From SIUE. Both degrees can be obtained in four and a half years. Learn more about the Nursing Partnership here.
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