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

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Program Highlight

CONDUCT CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH

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

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What to Expect

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL-110 Principles of Biology
  • CHEM-161 General Chemistry I
  • MATH-130 Survey of Calculus

43 credit hours of courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics

Choose one of four tracks: General Biology, Pre-Health Sciences, Ecology, or Secondary Education

Courses

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.

Principles of Biology I
BIOL-110

Introduction to the biological sciences, covering biological chemistry, cell/tissue structure and function, genetics and microevolution.

Genetics
BIOL-309

Introduction to both classical, Mendelian inheritance and molecular genetics with one lab per week. 

Evolution
BIOL-430

Examination of the mechanisms of biological evolution including mutation, natural selection, genetic drift, and the genetic structure of species populations.

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Careers

Our alumni have landed careers at the FBI, US Department of Energy, Novant Health and Merck pharmaceuticals among others. Their career paths include:

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

Chart your path

Start early in your career exploration by working one-on-one with the Center for Career Development and faculty.

Clubs

Get involved in clubs that build professional knowledge, communication and leadership skills such as the Eco-Action Club, Pre-Health Society, and TriBeta, the national biological honor society. Be active in club administration, fundraising and event planning.

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

TriBeta (Beta Beta Beta) is a national biological honor society represented at Bridgewater by the Nu Upsilon chapter. It emphasizes scholarship and service through research and education. Potential members must be biology majors with a 3.0 GPA in their major coursework.
Advisor: Ed Lickey

The Eco-Action Club develops and promotes sustainable practices on the Bridgewater College campus and in the surrounding communities.