Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Barton’s Biology – Health Sciences major is a program that will prepare you for your future career as a doctor, veterinarian, dentist, or physician’s assistant. This pre-professional program emphasizes group work, critical thinking, and communication skills – all of which are valued in health profession programs. Our program includes courses that will prepare you for the MCAT, GRE, and DAT and for success in medical school.

Course Information

Applicants to medical and other health profession schools can major in a wide variety of fields provided they complete the required courses needed to be admitted to medical school. By pursuing the Biology – Health Sciences major at Barton College, you will complete those required courses on your way to earning a degree in biology. You will gain expertise that will enable you to perform well on the various admissions tests required for entry to medical and other health profession schools.

Coursework in the Biology – Heath Sciences major begins with a broad, two-semester course that introduces biology concepts and laboratory skills.  You will build on that foundation in courses that explore the role of microbes in disease, genetics, anatomy, and immunology.  Group work and problem solving skills are emphasized throughout the Biology – Health Sciences major.  Each course in the major is selected to provide you with the conceptual framework that will help you succeed in medical or dental or veterinary school.

Because all biology majors are required to complete an internship or research project, you will have the opportunity to distinguish yourself from other candidates for medical school. Students, for example, elect to work alongside clinicians to gain first hand experiences that will translate to medical school and beyond. The internship will give you practical knowledge and vital experience as you prepare for your future career. You will develop the practical skills that will make you highly marketable to employers and graduate school programs.

Sample Course Offerings

  • Bio 101 and 102:  Principles of Biology 1 and 2
  • Bio 206: Microbiology
  • Bio 210 and 211:  Molecular Genetics and Mendelian Genetics
  • Bio 311 and 312:  Structure and Function of Man 1 and 2
  • Bio 430:  Immunology
  • Che 311 and 312:  Organic Chemistry 1 and 2
  • Che 327:  Biochemistry
  • Phy 130 and 132:  Physics I and 2
  • Psy 101:  General Psychology

How Will Barton Prepare Me for a Career in Medicine?

You will gain valuable, practical experience by working alongside faculty in the lab and through participating in internships.  You will gain the confidence to be a leader and to take charge of your own educational experience.  Courses in Biology – Health Sciences emphasize concepts and knowledge needed for medical and other health profession programs.  Furthermore, these courses stress the development of critical thinking and communication skills.


All biology majors must complete an internship or research project.  As part of the internship process, you will take part in seminars to help you complete your resume and identify an appropriate placement. Once the internship is completed, you will take a follow-up course in which you will deliver a multi-media presentation that describes your experiences to other students and faculty.   Internships provide excellent real-world experiences in a variety of occupations and help you become the best possible candidate for medical school.

  • Department of Science and Mathematics, Barton College
  • Coats Animal Hospital
  • Wilson Surgical Center
  • GlaxoSmithKline Summer Internship, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Greenville Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pelvic Surgery
  • Zebulon Animal Hospital
  • Dearstyne Family and General Dentistry

Clubs and Organizations

The Science Club of Barton College promotes interest in science to the greater Barton community and provides social and volunteer opportunities for all science students.  The Science Club sponsors campus speakers and visits from graduate and health profession schools admissions counselors as well as dinners and trips.

Health Profession Schools

Recent graduates have been accepted to:

  • University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
  • East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Wingate University School of Pharmacy
  • Ross University Medical School
  • Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

Career Outcomes

A degree in Biology – Health Sciences can lead you to a career as a health professional.  Graduates from Barton College have entered a wide variety of clinical fields including:

  • Gynecology
  • Dentistry
  • Naturopathy
  • General Practitioner
  • Certified Physician’s Assistant
  • Pediatrics
  • Optometry

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