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Biology (BA, BS, Minor)

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Faculty

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

The WPU Biology Department is a hub of activity and discovery where students explore the broad and exciting world of the biological sciences. Two degree tracks and opportunities to gain valuable research and teaching experience lead to a wide range of post-graduate and career options.

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.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science track is a focused degree emphasizing math, chemistry, and physics and is an avenue for career paths in dental, medical, and veterinary fields, as well as graduate programs in these and other areas. The most efficient way to acquire the knowledge and courses needed to excel on the MCAT, DAT, PCAT other entrance exams is to earn a B.S. in biology.

Career Paths in Healthcare and Life Sciences

The Bachelor of Science track opens doors to a myriad of career paths in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Graduates of this program are well-positioned for success in roles such as medical laboratory technologists, research scientists, pharmaceutical sales representatives, and more. The program’s interdisciplinary approach prepares students to adapt to the evolving landscape of healthcare and make meaningful contributions to the scientific community.

Advanced Studies and Research Opportunities

Beyond preparing students for immediate entry into the workforce, the B.S. in Biology program at WPU also serves as a foundation for advanced studies. Graduates have the option to pursue master’s or doctoral programs in biology, biochemistry, and related fields. Our commitment to fostering a culture of research provides students with opportunities to engage in cutting-edge projects, contributing to advancements in scientific knowledge.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

William Peace University takes pride in offering a dynamic and flexible Bachelor of Arts in Biology program that opens doors to a wide array of career opportunities. Tailored to accommodate the diverse interests and goals of students, this degree program combines a strong foundation in biology with the flexibility to explore electives, providing a versatile pathway to careers in various fields such as nursing, health administration, medical technology, pharmaceutical sales, crime investigation, museum education, and beyond

Healthcare Professions

For those considering a career in healthcare, the B.A. in Biology provides a strong foundation for roles in nursing, medical technology, and health administration. The interdisciplinary approach ensures that students not only grasp biological concepts but also develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in the dynamic field of healthcare.

Science and Technology

Students interested in science and technology-related careers, such as pharmaceutical sales or medical research, will find the program’s diverse electives valuable. The curriculum encourages exploration in areas like biotechnology, pharmacology, and medical technology, preparing graduates to contribute to advancements in these cutting-edge fields.

Criminal Justice and Investigation

The program also caters to those intrigued by crime investigation. With courses in forensic biology and related electives, students can gain insights into the application of biological principles in forensic science, providing a foundation for careers in crime investigation and criminal justice.

Museum Education and Outreach

The B.A. in Biology program recognizes the importance of education beyond traditional settings. Electives in museum studies and education prepare students for roles in museum education and outreach, where they can engage the public in the wonders of biology and natural history.

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Biology students examine things in a scientific manner & help make the world a better place

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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Possible Careers

The biology major provides undergraduate preparation for a wide variety of careers such as medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, medical technology and teaching. Biology majors learn to solve problems, work in teams and develop research and analytical skills. Graduates go on to careers in areas such as biotechnology, medical laboratory research, pharmaceutical sales, diet and nutrition and forensics.

WPU biology graduates have gone on to jobs such as: 

  • Scientist, GlaxoSmith Kline, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • Special Agent-Forensic Biology, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
  • Research Assistant, Pamlico County Health Department
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Quality Specialist, Hospira Pharmaceuticals
  • Environmental Technician, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Lab Analyst, Environment 1, Inc., NC
  • Molecular Technologist I, Duke Health Systems
  • IPT QA Coordinator, Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Associate Research Scientist, Grifols, Inc., NC

Graduates have also been accepted into the following programs: 

  • Duke University School of Nursing
  • East Carolina University School of Medicine
  • Campbell University School of Pharmacy
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Physical Therapy, School of Dentistry
  • Auburn University School of Veterinary Sciences
  • Methodist University Physician’s Assistant Program
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Related Programs

Environmental Studies (BA)

Exercise and Sport Science (BS)

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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