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Biology (B.A. or B.S.)

Our World is Built on Biology

Understanding biology can be a powerful tool to building technologies around it that improve our lives.

To make sure our students get an education that is tailored to their unique vision and individual goals, we offer two biology bachelor’s degree programs to choose from – the B.S. degree and B.A. degree.

  • The B.S. program covers additional sciences as part of the curriculum and is ideal for students seeking admission to a veterinary program or graduate study in biology.
  • The B.A. program requires fewer total science credits and is a great option for students interested in careers in wildlife management, environmental management or teaching biology.

Passion. Dedication. Equine.

Students may also choose to pursue two other specializations within the biology program – Equine Science and Biomedical Science. Both Specializations offer a B.S. and B.A. degree program with varying science requirements.

“The science department is a family, opening doors to opportunities you never imagined, all while working from the comfort of the most unique laboratory set up.”

Ashley Derrer
Class of 2018

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Discover the World Around You

If you have a passion for science and discovery, why not pursue a career that combines the best of both worlds?

At St Andrews, our students get the benefit of our long history but with a modern approach that helps you soar academically.

Program Highlights:

  • Small class sizes for more personalized attention to help you succeed.
  • Degree programs tailored to your career goals.
  • Rich campus culture with a multitude of extracurricular activities.
  • Dedicated support and assistance for career placement.
  • Caring, compassionate faculty who are invested in your future.
human skeleton
students using laptops

After graduating from St. Andrew’s biology program, our students are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in biological science according to national undergraduate standards.
  • Be capable of researching, writing and orally presenting a paper on a selected biology topic.
  • Understand scientific methodology and be able to apply it in practical a practical setting while conducting experiments, making laboratory or field observations, analyzing data, formulating hypotheses and drawing conclusions.
  • Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills about scientific topics.
  • Be able to clearly and effectively discuss scientific topics orally and in writing.

Career Opportunities

 Where can a biology degree from St. Andrews take you?

Allied Health Fields

Biotechnology Industries

Environmental Analysis

Medical School

Pharmacy School

Physical Therapy School

Veterinary School

Wildlife Management

NC Science Olympiad

The national Science Olympiad began at St. Andrews in 1974. Over 200 middle school students come to campus for rigorous academic hands-on competitions in biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Assisting with this fun competition gives St. Andrews students the opportunity to gain experience and build their resumé. Held every March.

science olympiad students
portrait of Dr. John Knesel
If you have any questions about our biology program, email Dr. John Knesel.