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Biology Degree Program


Through comprehensive coursework and hands-on laboratory experiences, biology students begin with the fundamentals, from what you can see (organismal biology) to what you can’t (cellular and molecular biology). Our pilot Biology Intensive Orientation Seminar (BIOS program) serves as a first-year orientation to what lies ahead, providing the skills you’ll need to obtain your degree.


BIOS Program

During your first two years as a biology major, you’ll learn fundamentals through challenging coursework and get hands-on experience in the laboratory.

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Zoology
  • Botany

In the last two years, you can narrow your coursework to pursue your interests and choose from a diverse selection of upper-level electives. You can follow a passion for the natural world with classes in:

  • Animal Evolution and Ecology
  • Plant Ecology and Evolution
  • Wildlife Management
  • Plant Physiology
  • Environmental Microbiology

For those who intend to pursue graduate study in medicine or research, you might choose classes in:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Reproductive Physiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Virology

If you prefer animals, you might opt to study:

  • Wildlife Management
  • Animal Physiology
  • Parasitology


Biology graduates are well prepared for careers in science that may or may not include graduate school or professional programs. From freshman year, our faculty help you hone your vision and find the right opportunities outside of the classroom to enhance your career readiness.

Wingate University’s agreement with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine guarantees admission to as many as 15 Wingate graduates each year.

Research Opportunities


The biology major must complete a minimum of 125 credit hours, and the courses must be completed in sequence.

Biology Four Year Plan

Students can also minor in Biology. Begin by taking 18 hours of biology courses listed in our academic catalog, including Biology 150 and 160. These four-hour courses give you a solid foundation in biological science. You learn about the structure and function of a cell so you’ll have firm footing when you take the other 10 hours. Keep in mind that at least six of the other hours must be at the 200 level or above.

My experience

Jovante Dockery

"At Wingate, my biology professors pushed me to become a better student, as well as a better human being. Dr. Acchia Albury and Dr. Debra Davis have remained in contact with me as I navigate the path of becoming a doctor. Their classes specifically are similar to the classes that I am taking in medical school right now, and I would encourage everyone to find a professor that will challenge and prepare them the same way they did for me."