The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides opportunities to study different areas of biology. This major provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in the life sciences to prepare students for the work force or future studies in graduate or professional programs. Graduates have pursued a wide variety of careers in health care, public health, government agencies, education, and industries related to the life sciences, such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
This major includes four concentrations: Field Biology & Ecology, Organismal Biology, Biomedical Studies, and Science Education. These concentrations help students develop skills and knowledge for specific career paths. The major requires 43 credit hours of biology courses in addition to one year of general chemistry. The Biology major pairs well with a minor in a complementary field such as computer science, mathematics, chemistry, psychology, business, or languages. Internships and research opportunities help a student build experience so that they graduate with both a diploma and a strong resume; both a degree and relevant experience are needed to be competitive in today’s work place.
Pre-medical and pre-veterinarian students often major in either Biology, Chemistry, or Zoology at Mars Hill University. Professional programs in these fields expect the undergraduate to take specific courses in sciences, mathematics, and general studies, rather than to pursue a particular major. Our faculty advisors assist the student in scheduling these courses during their studies at Mars Hill University – and in documenting clinical experiences needed for some fields. For non-science majors, the Pre-professional Minor provides training for careers in health care.