Biology Curriculum and Fact Sheet

Our Mission

We strive to provide our biology majors with comprehensive and rigorous instruction in the biological sciences that extends in hierarchy from molecules, to cells, to organisms, to ecological systems, including evolutionary processes. We are dedicated to providing a learning environment where our students receive outstanding instruction and mentoring in biology within the context of a Christian liberal arts college. Our department is devoted to preparing biology majors for their career objectives following graduation in graduate or professional schools, teaching, or jobs in animal or human medicine/allied health, environmental, or other biological fields.


Gardner-Webb University biology student

Alumni Placement

Recent graduates from our biology program are employed by the following companies, clinics, or institutions:

  • Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Marion, NC
  • Rocky Mountains Laboratory, National Institutes of Health, Hamilton, MT
  • Rutherford County Family & Children's Dentistry, Spindale, NC
  • Waterman Pharmacy, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Shands Hospital, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Apex Allergy, Greenville, SC

Other recent biology alumni are continuing their education in the following professional or graduate programs:

  • Washington State University Department of Entomology
  • North Dakota State University Department of Biology
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Florida State University School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
  • Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Program
  • Wake Forest University Physician Assistant Program
  • Medical University of South Carolina Physician Assistant Program
  • Wingate University Physician Assistant Program
  • Campbell University Physician Assistant Program
Interested in how a biology major can prepare you for medical, physician assistant, dental, or pharmacy school? Visit our Pre-Professional Pathways page to learn more.

Opportunities for Growth and Learning

The biology program at Gardner-Webb provides students with a variety of opportunities to connect with faculty and other students.

  • Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society
  • Sigma Zeta National Science and Math Honor Society
  • Pre-Medical and Dental Society
  • Laboratory Assistant Program
  • Undergraduate Research Projects
  • GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholarships
  • Mock Interviews and Career Counseling

Biology Curriculum1

The following is a typical four-year curriculum outline for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology for students interested in the fields of biology, microbiology, or ecology.

Freshman Year (Semester 1)HoursFreshman Year (Semester 2)Hours
General Biology (BIOL 111)4General Microbiology (BIOL 206)
(Molecular Science)
4
Statistics and Probability (MATH 105)
Free Elective
3Calculus I (MATH 151)4
Composition I (ENGL 101)3Composition II (ENGL 102)3
University 111 (UNIV 111)3Global Heritage3
American Heritage I3Art/Music/Theatre Survey3
Dimensions.5Dimensions.5
Total Hours16.5Total Hours17.5


Sophomore Year (Semester 1)HoursSophomore Year (Semester 2)Hours
Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 201)
(Biology Elective)2
4Vertebrate Zoology (BIOL 202)
(Animal Science)
4
General Chemistry I (CHEM 111)4General Chemistry II (CHEM 112)4
Foreign Language I3Foreign Language II3
Literature3Oral Communication3
Old Testament (RELI 300)3New Testament (RELI 301)3
Dimensions.5Dimensions.5
Total Hours17.5Total Hours17.5


Junior Year (Semester 1)HoursJunior Year (Semester 2)Hours
General Botany (BIOL 207) (Plant Science)4Cell Biology (BIOL 352) (Biology Elective)24
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 201)4Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 202)4
Foreign Language III3Free Elective3
General Psychology (PSYC 201)3Western Civilization II (HIST 102)3
Western Civilization I (HIST 101)3Physical Education1
Total Hours17Total Hours15


Senior Year (Semester 1)HoursSenior Year (Semester 2)Hours
Ecology (BIOL 402)4Genetics (BIOL 301) (Biology Elective)24
Biology Seminar I (BIOL 391)1Biology Seminar II (BIOL 491)1
American Heritage II3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Total Hours14Total Hours13
Total Degree Program Hours
128

The following is a typical four-year curriculum outline for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Biomedical Sciences concentration.2


Freshman Year (Semester 1)HoursFreshman Year (Semester 2)Hours
General Biology (BIOL 111)4General Microbiology (BIOL 206)4
General Chemistry I (CHEM 111)4General Chemistry II (CHEM 112)4
Statistics and Probability (MATH 105)3Composition II (ENGL 102)3
Composition I (ENGL 101)3Global Heritage3
University 111 (UNIV 111)3Dimensions.5
Dimensions.5
Total Hours17.5Total Hours14.5


Sophomore Year (Semester 1)HoursSophomore Year (Semester 2)Hours
Cell Biology (BIOL 352)4Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 203)4
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 201)4Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 202)4
Calculus I (MATH 151)4Literature3
General Psychology (PSYC 201)3American Heritage3
Dimensions.5Art/Music/Theatre Survey3
Dimensions.5
Total Hours15.5Total Hours17.5


Junior Year (Semester 1)HoursJunior Year (Semester 2)Hours
Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 204)4Biology Elective (BIOL 301/411)34
Biochemistry (BIOL 422)4Plant/Animal Science or Elective4
Foreign Language I3Foreign Language II3
Oral Communication3New Testament (RELI 301)3
Old Testament (RELI 300)3Medical Terminology (BIOL 422)1
Total Hours17Total Hours15


Senior Year (Semester 1)HoursSenior Year (Semester 2)Hours
General Physics for Scientists & Engineers I
(or elective)
4General Physics for Scientists & Engineers II
(or elective)
4
Biology Seminar I (BIOL 391)1Biology Elective (BIOL 301/411)4
Plant/Animal Science or Elective4Biology Seminar II (BIOL 491)1
Western Civilization I (HIST 101)3Western Civilization II (HIST 102)3
Physical Education1American Heritage3
Foreign Language III3
Total Hours
16Total Hours15
Total Degree Program Hours
128

1 These correspond to representative course schedules. Actual schedules may vary depending on course availability. Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding their actual schedule.

2 Various professional schools have different requirements. It is important for the student to check with the professional school they are interested in and tailor their schedule accordingly.

3 Biology electives include any biology courses at or above the 200 level. The courses listed above are suggestions based on general student interests and regular availability.


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Email: naturalsciences@gardner-webb.edu

Phone: 704-406-4498

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