Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology – Asbury University
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Biology Major Degree Program

Asbury University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology degree program is home to small class sizes and approachable professors, helping students become experts in an intellectually rigorous biology curriculum.

Asbury’s biology major encompasses not just the medical and life sciences but studies in environmental science and conservation, anatomy, physiology, medicine and healthcare; each area is supported by hands-on lab and field experience.

Whether you have goals of finding entry-level work or applying for admission to advanced graduate or professional programs after graduation, build your knowledge and your resume through the lab-driven bachelor’s degree in biology program.

Bachelor’s in Biology Degree Requirements

From applying to medical school to fueling a career in genetics, microbiology or plant science, the B.A. in Biology program at Asbury is well-rounded preparation that builds your confidence in professional settings.

Course requirements are distributed among core biology concepts plus environmental biology, plant biology, cellular biology and human biology. Foundations general education curriculum supports critical thinking and communication skills, and elective courses can be tailored to concentrations and interests. Bachelor’s in biology requirements include:

  • 63 credits in core biology major courses
  • 49 credits in Foundations general education requirements
  • 12 credits in electives to complete the 124-credit degree requirement

Review complete degree requirements for the B.A. in Biology.

Biology Major Courses

As a biology major, you’ll have assistance in choosing courses that position you to enter health and medical career paths or develop a concentrated focus in a supporting area of study through electives. Expect to take courses such as:

  • Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Biological Research
  • Ecology
  • Aquatic & Wetland Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology

Preparation for Careers in Biology

Our bachelor’s in biology degree program allows students to enter the professional field or pursue advanced degrees right after graduation.

Studying biology at the B.A. level immediately opens opportunities to work in laboratories in many sub-fields, from environmental biology and zoology to microbiology. Career possibilities span various sectors, including government agencies, private research companies, hospitals and pharmaceutical laboratories.

Job roles for biological technicians and microbiologists, both accessible with a bachelor’s degree in biology, are predicted to outpace the average growth for all professions over 10 years by 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As our human society endeavors to discover new things about our world and its creatures, these fields will continue to grow.

Prepare for Graduate Programs

Becoming a biology major and building a solid undergraduate scientific foundation is also an ideal first step toward advanced medical and health careers where a graduate degree is necessary.

With a careful, market-driven curriculum and hands-on research opportunities, Asbury’s biology major prepares students experientially as well as academically to pursue these advanced careers and more:

  • Physician (M.D. and D.O.)
  • Medical Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Pharmacologist
  • Bioengineer
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Anatomy and Physiology Lecturer
  • Geneticist
  • Ecologist

Asbury Advanced Health Professions Pathways

Asbury supports students with these goals and dreams through our Health Professions program, where students can select a career pathway and take the prerequisite courses they need to best pursue graduate education in their chosen field.

It’s comforting to have a guiding voice through your undergraduate degree journey, and the Health Professions program is there from beginning to end. From advice on projects to early- and guaranteed-acceptance programs with partnering graduate schools, Asbury’s Health Professions programs set you up for success.

Why Major in Biology at Asbury University?

▾ Dedicated Personal Attention

Unlike schools with bigger science programs, Asbury University offers students close classroom interaction with educated and accomplished professors. You may also take advantage of Asbury’s robust undergraduate research programs and work side-by-side on faculty research projects.

With classes often under 20 students and an institutional average faculty-to-student ratio of 12:1, you’ll develop meaningful and collaborative relationships with peers and professors and always get answers to your questions. This leads to mentorships that extend after graduation and into the professional realm.

Meet the Science & Health Department faculty.

▾ Research, Field and Work Experiences

Extending to native plant meadows and rolling pastures, Asbury’s applied experiences don’t remain on campus. You can access around 50 acres of trail and nature space with many geological and environmental features to explore.

Biology majors gain unique applied experience in environmental and life science, venturing to a variety of field locations as a complement to their laboratory experiments. Outside of class, field and work experiences are available, from the Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Opportunities program to internship opportunities.

Student research is well-regarded at Asbury and leads to our students earning scholarship-funded graduate degrees and becoming high-quality employees. The biology major allows students to participate in research initiatives with current professors and alumni at local and national institutions. You’ll even present your senior research at the annual SEARCH symposium.

Review the Office of Career and Calling’s research and internship resources.

▾ Unrivaled Laboratory Access

As a biology major at Asbury, you’ll spend a lot of development time in the new Shaw Collaborative Learning Center’s classrooms, faculty offices and dedicated biological science laboratories.

You’ll have the opportunity to use real laboratory equipment that is relevant to your future career, including high-resolution research microscopes, autoclaves, incubators and biohazard equipment. Trek to Asbury’s nearby trails and green spaces to collect samples and test them in labs dedicated to environmental studies, or use specialized equipment to test anatomy and physiology concepts.

Asbury’s technology-driven biology labs result in students who are familiar with the tools and machinery they’ll encounter in graduate programs and their careers.

▾ Campus-Wide Student Support and Resources

Asbury’s supportive community is like no other. From the friendships you make with your academic peers to extracurricular clubs and organizations and Asbury’s health and counseling services, we make sure you find deep connections to others and discover more about yourself.

Ranging from spiritual vitality to alumni connections, Asbury Student Services is here to support your personal development as well as your future career success.

Explore Asbury Student Services and Life at Asbury.

Related Degrees in Science

Check out Asbury’s other bachelor’s degree programs in science and health fields, all customizable with minors, double majors and student-directed projects.

Asbury Admissions and Financial Aid

Learn how to take the next step to a career in biology and beyond. Asbury’s tuition costs are competitive, and many undergraduate students receive aid.

Explore Undergraduate Admissions and Asbury Financial Aid.

Apply to the B.A. in Biology at Asbury University

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology degree program at Asbury might be your path if you’re excited to pursue a fulfilling and exploratory career in the biological sciences.

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