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BS in Biology - Pre-Medicine or Pre-Dentistry

About the Program

These degree programs develop in students a competency in key areas of biology, chemistry, physics, and math, 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.

What do students enrolled in this program do?

As a biology or pre-medical 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 biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, organismal biology (e.g., botany, zoology, microbiology), anatomy and physiology, environmental science, and scientific literacy. You will learn many tools utilized in biology, including many types of microscopes (e.g., florescent, electron, polarizing), spectrophotometers, electrophoresis apparatus, computer-based data acquisition equipment, many physiological instruments and various types of other equipment used in a laboratory and research setting.

You might consider a biology or pre-medical major if you have a desire to advance to medical or dental school, plan on a career in some aspects of the health services or health care industry, plan to work in the pharmaceutical industry, are interested in the many aspects of molecular biology, are interested in ecology or field biology working with animals or plants, and many other possible careers (see list of possible careers below).

Your Future

Graduate Schools

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

  • Department of Energy Scholars internship
  • 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

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
  • Ground water 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 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
"My time at SWU taught me to think outside of the box and develop innovative ways to make the most of resources. It instilled in me the value of people and forming relationships as it relates to getting things done. That’s helped me so much in my work since graduation."

Stephanie Sestito, Class of 2012