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Biology (BS) Program Overview

“New discoveries are made in the field of biology daily,” observes Dr. Emily Lambert, Dean of Sciences. “It’s gratifying to teach students about these discoveries and inspire them to contribute to the discipline with the unique talents God has gifted them.”

When you earn a biology degree at Bluefield University, you’ll choose either biological studies or pre-health professions as a major track. Both concentrations help you prepare for a rewarding science career. Faculty mentors will guide you through the challenging curriculum. Internships offer hands-on experiences and valuable real-world perspectives.

Biology Studies + Christian Learning

As a biology major, you’ll learn to critically evaluate scientific questions while addressing social issues through the lens of our Christ-centered learning approach. We prepare students for success in scientific fields ranging from public health to genetics. Agreements with Appalachian College of Pharmacy and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) give biology majors priority admission to their competitive healthcare programs.

Discover the possibilities of a biology degree from Bluefield University by scheduling a campus visit today.

Available Concentrations


Biological Studies

This concentration focuses on exploring the diverse realms of life sciences, from the microscopic world of cells and molecules to the vast complexities of ecosystems. Students will engage in comprehensive studies covering genetics, botany, zoology, and environmental science, equipping them with a solid foundation in biological principles. This program is ideal for those interested in research, conservation, or further specialization in biology-related fields. The coursework fosters critical thinking and hands-on laboratory skills, preparing students for diverse career paths in biology.

Pre-Health Professions

Designed for students aspiring to enter health-related professions, this concentration provides a robust grounding in the biological sciences with a strong emphasis on human biology and health. It covers essential topics such as human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry, tailored to meet the prerequisites of medical, dental, or allied health graduate programs. This concentration not only prepares students academically but also focuses on developing the practical skills and ethical understanding necessary for success in healthcare careers. Students will be well-prepared for further studies in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or other health science graduate programs.


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Tuition: On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: August 2024 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years

Available Grants & Scholarships

Courses & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (39 Credits)

Some General Education requirements may be fulfilled within major core requirements.


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)

 

* On-Campus   ** Online

Major Requirements (35 Credits)

  • Mathematics (MAT 1233 or higher – 8 Credits)
  • Additional Mathematics
    • (Choose 6 Credits)
      • College Algebra I
      • College Algebra II
      • Precalculus
      • Introduction to Statistics
    • (Choose 3-5 Credits)
      • Calculus I
      • Calculus II
  • General Chemistry & Lab I
  • General Chemistry & Lab II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Information Technology
Concentrations (37 Credits)

Choose your Concentration (2 Available)


  • Concentration – Biological Studies (37 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Biology
    • Fundamentals of Biology Lab
    • Philosophical & Ethical Issues in Science
    • Science Colloquium
    • Senior Seminar
    • Biology Electives (27 Credits)
  • Concentration – Pre-Health Professions (37 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Biology
    • Fundamentals of Biology Lab
    • Biomedical Terminology
    • Philosophical & Ethical Issues in Science
    • Anatomy & Physiology & Lab I
    • Anatomy & Physiology & Lab II
    • Science Colloquium
    • Senior Seminar
    • BIO Internship
    • (Choose 1)
      • Zoology
      • Botany
      • Ecology
    • (Choose 1)
      • Genetics
      • Molecular Cell Biology
      • Biochemistry
Electives (9 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Biologist
Pharmaceutical Sales
Zoologist
Biological Technician
Environmental Scientist
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