Biology

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Science
Two men working in biology lab

Overview

Carolina University recognizes the need for trained biologists in an economy where many senior biologists are retiring. Career paths like a genetic counsellor, epidemiologist, microbiologist, environmental biologist or biology technicians require a bachelor's degree. That is why we now offer two paths to obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology. According to BLS data, biology technicians earned a median wage of ~$46,000 annually in 2019 with a faster than expected growth rate of 5% over the 2019-29 time period, and over 50% of all biological scientists in the nation earn over $80,000 annually.

The Biology program at Carolina University focuses on foundational studies of the structure, function, behavior and evolution of cells, organisms, populations and ecosystems. Through challenging and engaging courses, fieldwork and lab opportunities, our students will develop a foundation for broad and diverse career options in the biological sciences and related fields. 

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biology provide rigorous education and basic research skills for a diverse undergraduate student population. Through this program, students will develop into independent thinkers, problem solvers and valuable members of society. These programs provide training in biology at multiple levels and provide flexibility, providing students with the opportunity to choose a curriculum that best suits their needs.

The BS Biology option emphasizes breadth of training in biology with stringent structure. Students have input in the composition of their degree by choosing from the wide range of electives available through the School of Arts and Sciences.

The BA Biology degree is designed for students who desire a breadth of training throughout their program of study. Compared to the BS degree, the BA requires less physics, chemistry, and biology requirements. This is an ideal program for students wishing to get the scope of the biological sciences without some of the supporting science sequences, providing them with more room to take elective courses either within or outside of the biology program.

4 Year Program
Available Residentially
Available Online

Objectives

  • Have a knowledge base of core concepts in biology, including molecular and cellular biology, integrative biology, plant biology, and microbiology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems.
  • Explain the importance of micro- and macro-evolution for understanding structural and functional diversity in biology.
  • Be able to approach problem solving with critical thinking skills and scientific reasoning.
  • Demonstrate competence in the communication of scientific data and ideas.

Admissions Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University