Barton College Academic Programs

Biology – Health Sciences


Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine


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

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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 and other health professions schools. You will gain expertise that will enable you to perform well on the various admissions tests required for entry to those 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, veterinary medicine, and other health professions schools.

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 and II
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Structure and Function of Man I and II
  • Immunology
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics I and II
  • General Psychology


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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 Endowed Scholarship
  • Ruth O’Neal Scholarship
  • J.P. Tyndall Scholarship
  • Philip D. Witherington Endowed Scholarship
  • Garnett Whitehurst Endowed Science Scholarship

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All biology majors must complete an internship or research project. Once the internship is completed, you will deliver a multimedia 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
  • Manual Physical Therapy, Wilson, North Carolina
  • Wilson Medical Group
  • GlaxoSmithKline Summer Internship, Research Triangle Park
  • Greenville Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pelvic Surgery
  • Zebulon Animal Hospital
  • Wilson Educational Forest
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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
  • VCU Medical School
  • Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Lynchburg School of PA Medicine
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry
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What can you do with a Bio – Health Sciences Major?

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 Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary Medicine
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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.

The Pre-Med Club of Barton College develops volunteer opportunities and seeks to broaden knowledge about various careers in the health professions. The group sponsors campus speakers from various health professions. Club members also work together to navigate application processes and support one another in becoming stronger students and better candidates for medical, dental, and other health professions schools.

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