Biology Department




Biology and Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program


Rob Waltzer, Chair

The Biology Department at Belhaven University will prepare you for careers in science or medicine. Our biology program has a proven record of acceptances to local and regional graduate schools such as Emory and Johns Hopkins. When you pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology with us you receive a broad background in biological science through class instruction, lab work, research and hands-on experience.   There are also a number of programs in the health-related professions you can choose from that include: medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pharmacy.

Why choose Biology at Belhaven University?

When you choose to earn a biology degree at Belhaven, you will get the personalized instruction and one-on-one interactions with professors that many colleges can’t give you. You will receive expert, pre-professional training and early exposure to career options in research and healthcare. Our new enhanced facilities, computers and technology set us apart from other programs and we give you the opportunity to use modern scientific instrumentation and methods. The study of biology at Belhaven University is a green and sustainable program and considers the ethical implications of its studies.

Other opportunities in research, internships and work experience with regional hospitals and institutions are made available to you during your time in learning with us.

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 you do with a Biology major?

  • 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

What kind of opportunities will I have in with a major in biology 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 Belhaven 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.