The Department of Natural Sciences at Gardner-Webb University offers three majors: biology, chemistry, and environmental science. These degrees are housed in the brand-new science laboratory center.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

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With a Bachelor of Science in Biology, you will be exposed to the traditional areas of the discipline including plant and animal sciences, molecular biology, and ecology. The program also places an emphasis on modern instrumentation to prepare you for graduate studies, professional school, or employment.

Undergraduate Admissions

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program will help you cultivate a comprehensive skill set in the foundational areas of the biological sciences. Set within a rigorous academic learning environment, you will receive outstanding instruction and mentoring in biology within the context of a Christian liberal arts college. Our department is devoted to preparing you for 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’s Department of Natural Sciences works to help students develop a strong science background and critical thinking skills through meaningful experiences both in classroom and in field environments. By aiming to prepare students for productive professional careers or for entry into graduate or professional schools, the Department remains consistent with the educational mission of Gardner-Webb University and balances an interdisciplinary science foundation with the Christian values of faith, stewardship, ethics, and social responsibility.

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Your degree in biology will equip you for graduate or professional schools, teaching, or employment in biological fields and other related careers. An undergraduate degree is sufficient for entry-level positions including laboratory assistant, technician, technologist, or research assistant in education, industry, government, museums, parks, and gardens.


Our alumni are making positive contributions in a variety of sectors including research, development, analysis and testing, consulting, forensics, biomedical and more.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 34 hours of biology coursework in the major.


Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

A minor in biology requires 16 credit hours of coursework in both required and elective courses. Other minors available through the Department of Natural Sciences include chemistry (16 hours), environmental science (16 hours), general science (20 hours), health science (16 hours), and physical science (16 hours).


Additional information about these minors, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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