Bachelor of Arts

Biology at Greenville University

The biology major prepares students for careers in medical professions, food and quality control, pharmaceuticals, environmental science, 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 and technical skills, contribute significantly to their chosen fields, and honor the Creator in their work.

Pre-professional programs related to biology include our pre-medical and pre-nursing curriculum where you can earn a dual degree: a bachelor of arts with a major in biology, and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) with one of our nursing partnership programs. 

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Medical admittance
Over the past 10 years, around 87% of GU students who applied to medical school earned admittance. Graduates from GU serve worldwide as doctors, chiefs of medicine, surgeons, bio-technicians, lab supervisors, environmental biologists, and more.
Multiple career options

Recent graduates have gone on to advanced 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.

Research opportunities

Work with faculty on various types of biological research as a paid intern in our summer research program.

Why GU


Nursing. We have connections with St. John’s School of Nursing, Saint Louis University School of Nursing, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIU-E) School of Nursing. Biology majors may also complete an accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree program in biology followed by an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing from SIUE. Obtain both degrees in four and a half years. Learn more about GU’s nursing partnerships here.


Connections.  We have articulation agreements with Logan School of Chiropractic Medicine and A.T. Still University/ Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, both in Missouri, and AUA School of Medicine in Antigua.


Unique coursework. Students from GU can participate in intensive field-based courses in Biology with the Au Sable Institute in one of four campuses: Northern Michigan, Pacific Rim, Costa Rica, and India. Courses include Animal Ecology, Aquatic Biology, Marine Mammals, Alpine Ecology, and 19 others.


Deepen your education. We’re a liberal arts school. That means you get a holistic education that introduces you to many subjects and ideas, helping you grow your interests and skills. 

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Biology, BA Success Story

Success Stories

I'm so grateful for my experience in the biology department. The small class sizes gave us the opportunity to fully engage with our peers and professors, and they gave us valuable hands on experience during the labs. The professors truly care for the students and want to see us succeed, both in and out of the classroom. Their doors were always open, whether we had questions about class, graduate school, or life in general.

-Kellie Steele

Biology, BA Course Requirements

Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.

The biology major requires 35 credits of biology and eight credits of chemistry. It is strongly recommended that all biology majors take at least one semester of mathematics, computer science, physical science, or physics. The biology major leads to a bachelor of arts degree.