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Biology Major

Kickstart your career with biology

Your future is bright with a biology degree from Bridgewater College.

Advances in cell biology, molecular genetics and ecology mean that well-prepared biologists are always in demand. Bridgewater alumni have become successful physicians, research scientists, veterinarians, medical technologists, environmental lawyers, dentists, physical therapists, genetic counselors and forestry and wildlife specialists.

You’ll take a core of biology courses covering organismal biology, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, ecology and evolution. Then you can develop depth in any area of interest through upper-level classes and research.

Perform independent research projects during the semester or the summer to apply what you’ve learned hands-on, with guidance from faculty mentors.

You can also add an emphasis (area of focus) in wildlife biology to add depth to the major.

Required Courses Meet the Faculty

Pre-Health Society

As a Pre-Health Society member, you’ll have access to information and opportunities to explore a variety of careers in healthcare. Pursue your interest in fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, clinical lab sciences, dental hygiene, and physical and occupational therapy.

For more information about joining the Pre-Health Society, contact:

Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger

Dr. Tracy Deem

Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) National Biological Honor Society

Network with your fellow students and faculty in the national honor society for biology.

What can you do with your biology degree?

Like many BC graduates, you might enter graduate or professional schools such as:

Biology/Biomedical Sciences –

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Auburn University
  • Clemson University
  • George Mason University
  • James Madison University
  • Ohio State University
  • Tennessee Tech
  • West Virginia University

Nursing –

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Optometry –

  • Pennsylvania School of Optometry

Pharmacy –

  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Physician Assistant –

  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Veterinary Science –

  • Colorado State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ross University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Tennessee
  • Virginia Tech

Or pursue a career in:

  • Environmental Quality and Consulting
  • Government
  • Hospital Administration
  • Industry
  • Laboratory Research
  • Marine Biology
  • Medicine and Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Teaching
  • Veterinary Medicine

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of biology from the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Bridgewater College is a member institution of the Smithsonian-Mason Semester, which is run by George Mason University out of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. In this program, students live on the SCBI campus (a world-class conservation research facility) and learn about the theory and application of conservation biology (including the social, political and economic dimensions). Students participate in one of two 16 credit hour programs: Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices or Applied Conservation Strategies (for any student interested in conservation). Interested students should visit the program’s website and contact the biology department or the coordinator of international education. Both programs are appropriate for juniors and seniors. There are no specific prerequisite classes for the Applied Conservation Strategies. That program is open to all majors. The Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices semester has Ecology (BIOL-350) as a prerequisite.

Students are charged Bridgewater’s standard tuition, fees, room and meals for the consortium semester and institutional financial aid from BC is limited to $7,000 for the semester.