Biology Major Overview

The goal of the Biology program is to offer a challenging academic experience within a diverse Christian environment, providing students with an education that prepares them for their chosen career path.

The major offers two rigorous tracks of study – Biological Studies and Pre-Health Professions, both of which require students to gain knowledge in biology and related fields. Students in either track can customize their education to meet the requirements for future endeavors. The major intentionally pushes students to communicate effectively and think analytically about the natural world, societal issues, and the relationship between Christian faith and science. All students must complete a capstone project that is designed to test their critical and analytical thinking along with written and oral communication skills.

Click the Academic Catalog image to view course descriptions for the Biology major.


Bluefield College works with each student to personalize their education. In doing so, they will have the option to complete an internship directly related to their career path. Popular paths include wildlife management, forestry, environmental sciences, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and education. Internships give students insight into the daily routine of the profession they aspire to.

  • Bluefield Regional Medical Center
  • Melrose Family Medicine
  • Meshel Cardiology
  • PC Pro 1 Therapy Services
  • PLLC Healing Waters Counseling Center
  • Raleigh General Hospital

Major Outcomes

Bluefield College Biology majors are prepared for the world because they have been exposed to a variety of concepts, techniques, ideas and beliefs. Their education prepares them to conquer challenging obstacles they may experience in a variety of careers while maintaining their Christian integrity and ethical values.

Career Opportunities

  • Biostatistician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Public Health Assistant
  • Botanist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Research Assistant

Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • East Tennessee State University
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Louisiana
  • University of Virginia Medical School
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of South Carolina
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Positions Held by Alumni

  • Physical Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Teacher Research Assistant

Clubs and Organizations

American Institute of Biological Sciences

Students are encouraged to become members of the American Institute of Biological Sciences whose mission is to “enable wise decisions in which the life sciences and society meet while building the capacity of our community to advance research and education in biology,” and The Virginia Academy of Science whose purpose is to promote scientific research and education in the state while promoting civic, agricultural, academic, industrial and commercial welfare to the people of Virginia.

I am grateful for the partnership that exists between Bluefield College and the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am confident that my BC education has readied me for the rigors of medical school.

Addison Wood, Tazewell, VA, Class of 2018