Biology Department




Biology and Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program


Rob Waltzer, Chair

The study of biology at Belhaven University is a green and sustainable program and considers the ethical implications of its studies.

The Biology Department prepares each student for careers in science or medicine. The biology program has a proven record of acceptances to local and regional graduate schools such as Emory and Johns Hopkins.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology develop a broad background in biological science through class instruction, lab work, research and hands-on experience.

What will I study?

  • Anatomy and Human Biology
  • Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Ecology and Field Studies
  • Biodiversity and Environmental Biology

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in Biology?

  • Clinical and Health Professions - Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Medical Technology
  • Education
  • Basic and Applied Research
  • Environmental Management, Natural Resource and Wildlife Conservation
  • Public Health and Policy
  • Biotechnology and Forensics
  • Scientific Communications

Why choose Biology at Belhaven University?

  • New enhanced facilities, computers and technology
  • Research, internships and work experience with regional hospitals and institutions (University of Mississippi Medical Center, MS State Crime Lab, FBI, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS Department of Public Health)
  • Personalized instruction and one-on-one interactions with professors
  • Expert, pre-professional training and early exposure to career options in research and healthcare
  • Opportunity to use modern scientific instrumentation and methods

What kind of opportunities will I have in my major that will contribute toward my career?

  • Biology and chemistry clubs
  • Structured observation of different health professions.
  • National honors organization, Sigma Zeta
  • Local and national scientific conferences
  • Internships in health care, environmental work, and other aspects of biology
  • Community involvement, field trips, fundraisers and service projects, tutoring and international travel for education or missions.

What are BU Biology graduates doing now?

  • Graduate school
  • Physicians, dentists or nurses
  • Private and public environmental quality or preservation jobs
  • Research associates
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Teachers in higher education and high school level
  • Medical missions

The Biology Department also advises students for a number of programs in the health-related professions: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy. These programs and the pre-requisite requirements are listed in the current catalogue on the Pre-Professional Programs page.