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Biology (BA, BS, Minor)

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Lisa Bonner
Department Chair of Science and Mathematics; ​Professor of Biology
Rhonda Brown
Associate Professor of Biology
Hrvoje Lusic, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Patrick Myer, Ph.D.
​Associate Professor of Biology

Get Your Biology Degree at William Peace University

Are you ready to explore the intricacies of life and unlock the secrets of the natural world? Let’s look at how a degree in biology through WPU empowers you to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today.

Is a Degree in Biology the Right Path for You?

At WPU, our Biology Department offers a comprehensive education in the biological sciences. Students build essential skills in data analysis and scientific literacy. They learn how to use these skills to solve complex problems in creative ways.

Our curriculum covers biological diversity, ecological and evolutionary principles, and cellular and molecular biology. Students can choose electives that align with their career goals. Both the B.A. and B.S. degrees prepare students for a range of careers in biological disciplines, biotechnology, and healthcare-related fields.

Ready to explore the diverse and fascinating world of biology?

Getting a B.S. in Biology vs BA in Biology

Bio students will complete core classes in biological diversity, ecological and evolutionary principles in addition to cellular and molecular biology along with specific electives geared towards their career goals. Both the B.A. and B.S. degrees in Biology prepare students for careers in a wide range of biological disciplines, biotechnology, and healthcare-related fields.

Flexible Learning with a B.A. in Biology

The Bachelor of Arts degree offers a broad education in biology with more flexible scheduling. This program is suitable for various career goals, including health science (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, medical technology), science education, ecology, lab technician roles, healthcare administration, pharmaceutical and medical sales, and crime investigation.

Career Paths with a B.S. in Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree focuses on advanced biology electives, calculus, chemistry, and physics. This path is ideal for students aiming for medical school or other healthcare professions, such as dental, medical, physician assistant, physical therapy, and veterinary fields.

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Looking for a Pre Med Major?

WPU’s biology program satisfies all the needed coursework for entry into healthcare programs, including pharmacy, medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy and more.
As a Biology major at William Peace University, you’ll be able to explore challenging and cutting-edge coursework, including microbiology, biochemistry, cellular biology, and molecular biology. Students in the biology program enjoy small class sizes with experienced faculty members who take a stake in their future. Through involving lab opportunities, you’ll step out of the classroom and truly experience the field.

Your Unique Path Awaits

Discover the possibilities that await you at William Peace University. Apply now and embark on a journey of academic exploration and career preparation in biology that aligns with your unique aspirations. Your future in the dynamic and diverse world of biology begins here.

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Careers in Biology

Real-World Success: Alumni Achievements in Biology

WPU biology graduates have flourished in diverse fields, and are well-equipped to land positions at renowned organizations and to gain acceptance into prestigious professional and graduate programs.

WPU biology graduates have obtained diverse positions in the sciences:

  • Scientist at Glaxo-Smith-Kline Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Special Agent in Forensic Biology at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
  • Research Assistant at the Pamlico County Health Department
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Quality Specialist at Hospira Pharmaceutical Inc.

Graduates have also been accepted into the following professional and graduate programs:

  • Auburn University School of Veterinary Sciences
  • Campbell University School of Pharmacy, School of Physical Therapy, and School of Physician Assistant
  • Duke University School of Nursing
  • East Carolina University School of Medicine
  • High Point University Doctor of Physical Therapy program

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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, both the B.S. and B.A. programs at WPU emphasize hands-on experiences. Internships and field placements are incorporated into the curriculum to provide students with practical exposure to real-world applications of biological principles, enhancing their readiness for the workforce.


Yes, there is flexibility to transition between programs based on your evolving interests and career goals. Academic advisors at William Peace University are available to guide students in making informed decisions about program changes.


Yes. WPU’s faculty are well versed in advising students about the requirements needed to apply to healthcare programs, exams such as the MCAT, and timelines for application.


Premed is not a major at any college or university. WPU’s biology courses will satisfy the requirements you need for entry into healthcare programs, including pharmacy, medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy, and more. While there are some differences in course requirements across admission to various schools, there tends to be a common core list. This same roster of courses would pertain to students applying to dental programs, veterinary programs, physical therapy programs, physician assistant programs, pharmacy programs, etc. You’ll find all those courses available at WPU.

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