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BS in Biology

About the Program

This degree program develops in students a competency in key areas of biology, based on a Christian worldview – that God created the world, He has given us the desire and the ability to discover and understand it, and that we are responsible to take care of its plant and animals life. We believe that we have God-given responsibilities to treat other persons according to the Golden Rule. Students are also required to take classes in Bible.

What do students enrolled in the Biology program do?

As a Biology major, you will learn to integrate faith with learning in biology and be able to discuss ethical implications, even at the global level in biology. You will develop competency in cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, organismal biology (botany, zoology, microbiology and anatomy and physiology), population biology and ecology. You will learn many tools utilized in biology, including many types of microscopes and various types of equipment used in a laboratory research setting. For medical technology, you will develop competency in the knowledge and techniques specific to medical technology relative to cellular and chemical components of blood and other body fluids and tissues.

Beyond the core courses of the major, biology students can choose coursework from each of these areas: Molecular/Cellular, Physiology, Organismal, or Environmental.

Is this major right for you?

You might consider a Biology major if you have a desire to advance to medical school, plan on a career in the health services, seek to work in the healthcare industry, or plan to work in the pharmaceutical industry. If you are analytical and have a desire to learn more about components that make up the earth’s plant and animal life, this program is ideal.

In our Biology program, students have many opportunities for research and development.

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Zach Ehrhardt - Biology/Chemistry Major

Your Future

Graduate Schools

Our graduates from this program have been accepted into graduate schools including:

  • Department of Energy Scholars internship
  • Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Presbyterian College of Pharmacy
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Texas
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.)
  • Western Carolina University

Graduate Programs

Graduate school programs that go well with a biology or pre-medical degree:

  • Cytotechnology
  • Dental School
  • Extracorporeal Circulation Technology
  • Health Administration or Management
  • Medical School
  • Osteopathy School
  • Medically related research degrees
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Veterinary School
  • Speech pathology
  • Optometry School

"SWU has prepared me for medical school in several ways. The professors not only taught in great detail but they also gave unique examples that stuck with me. This not only helped me learn the material but has also prepared me for the level of in-depth learning that is expected in medical school. The study technique I learned while taking Anatomy & Physiology is what I use today in medical school. It has helped me immensely. Knowing how to study and how much would be expected of me in medical school was something that my time at SWU taught me."

Caitlyn Cross, Pre-Med Graduate

Career Preparation

This program opens the door to many career possibilities (some require graduate work), including:

  • Advisory or consultant work
  • Biotechnology and genetics
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Clinical testing
  • Cosmetics
  • DHEC employee
  • Ecologist (e.g., for Duke Power)
  • Environmental testing and remediation
  • EPA employee
  • Fisheries
  • Food, nutrition, agriculture
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry
  • Groundwater studies and remediation
  • High School Biology Teacher
  • Microbiologist (e.g., CDC)
  • Microscopist
  • Natural products
  • OSHA employee
  • Pesticide residue analysis and standards
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Research scientist in numerous industries or governmental agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH)
  • Sale of biological and chemical supplies or pharmaceuticals
  • Sewage treatment or waste disposal
  • Soil science
  • Water purity and treatment
  • Zoo or aquarium

Graduate Experience

Our graduates have gone into a number of careers including:

  • Laboratory technicians at such universities as Clemson University and the University of North Carolina.
  • Professors at Duke University, University of Georgia, Emmanuel College
  • Doctors, dentists, physical therapists, physician assistants, nurses, certified massage therapists, speech pathologists, optometrists, podiatrists, and other medically related fields.
  • Chemists and biologists for Duke Power, Milliken Corporation, Michelin Corporation, Nutra, and other industries.
  • High school biology and science teachers, including one who was the outstanding biology teacher in all of South Carolina in 2010.
  • Forensic scientists
  • Pharmacists and pharmaceutical sales representatives
  • Biologists at Tennessee Aquarium and Ripley’s Aquarium