Biology – Health Sciences

Pre-Professional Programs in Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary Medicine

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


Barton College’s Biology – Health Sciences major is designed to prepare you for your future career as a doctor, veterinarian, dentist, or physician’s assistant. This program emphasizes group work, critical thinking, and communication skills, features that are sought and valued in applicants for health professions programs. The Biology – Health Sciences program includes courses that will prepare you for the MCAT, GRE, and DAT. Most importantly, the courses you take at Barton College will prepare you for success in medical school.

Course Information

In our Biology – Health Sciences major, you will complete the courses required not only to earn a degree in Biology, but also to be considered for medical school. You will gain expertise that will enable you to perform well on the various admissions tests required for entry to medical and other health professions schools.

Coursework in the major begins with a broad two-semester course that introduces biology concepts and laboratory skills. This will provide a foundation for 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 is selected to provide you with the conceptual framework that will help you succeed in medical, 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 applying to medical school. You may even elect to work alongside clinicians to gain firsthand 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 also develop the practical skills that will make you highly marketable to employers and graduate school programs.

Sample Course Offerings

  • Principles of Biology I & II
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics and Mendelian Genetics
  • Structure and Function of Man I & II
  • Immunology
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics I & II
  • General Psychology

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Barton College School of Sciences is fortunate to have a number of scholarships that are awarded annually:

  • GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholars
  • Ruth O’Neal Scholarship
  • J.P. Tyndall Scholarship
  • Philip J. Witherington Scholarship
  • Garnett Whitehurst Scholarship


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. Recently, students have completed internships at the following locations:

  • School of Sciences, Barton College
  • Coats Animal Hospital
  • Wilson Surgical Center
  • GlaxoSmithKline Summer Internship, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • Greenville Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pelvic Surgery
  • Zebulon Animal Hospital
  • Dearstyne Family and General Dentistry

Graduate 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 and Health Sciences
  • Wingate University School of Pharmacy
  • Ross University Medical School
  • Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

Career Opportunities

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

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

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, visits from graduate and health professions schools’ admissions counselors, dinners, and field trips.

Contact Us

Dr. Kevin Pennington, Dean
School of Sciences
Moye Science Hall
800-345-4973 x6467
252-399-6465 (fax)