“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 College, you’ll choose either biological studies or a pre-health professions 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 perspective. If your goal is to teach science classes, you can choose the biology education program as your major.

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 College by scheduling a campus visit today.

Available Concentrations


Biological Studies

Pre-Health Professions


The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

On-Campus: August 19, 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree 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

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.