Biology

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

Overview

A major in biology at Barton provides you with a comprehensive understanding of living things. You will examine plants, animals, and microbes on a microscopic and macroscopic level. You will explore the molecules of life and discuss the relationship of living things to each other and their environment. Barton College biology students receive hands-on training using sampling and identification techniques in the lab and in the field. You will then put your learning to work in internships and gain practical experiences in a variety of settings. And, because of our extensive course offerings and the flexibility of our program, you will focus your studies to fit your interests.

Course Information

At Barton College, a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology can choose to focus his or her studies on life at the cellular, organismal, or environmental level. Interested in DNA, protein, and signal transduction? Then the concentration in Cellular Biology is for you. Are you interested more in the structure, function, and evolution of plants and animals? Then the Organismal Biology concentration is the way to go. What about the relationship of organisms to one another and to the environment? The Environmental Biology concentration is for you.

Courses for the concentrations include:

Cellular Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Immunology

Organismal Biology

  • General Zoology
  • General Botany
  • Structure and Function in Man I and II
  • Animal Behavior
  • Ecology
  • Field Ornithology

Environmental Biology

  • Advanced Field Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Biology
  • Analytical Chemistry

Students can elect to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology.  Instead of choosing a concentration area, the B.A. Biology student takes a broader set of biology electives, learning about life at all levels, from microbes to plants to animals.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Barton College Science and Mathematics Department is fortunate to have a number of scholarships that are awarded annually:

  • GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Ruth O’Neal Scholarship
  • J.P. Tyndall Scholarship
  • Philip D. Witherington Endowed Scholarship
  • Garnett Whitehurst Endowed Science Scholarship
  • Dr. William A. Wallace Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Norval and Susan Kneten Science Scholarship

Internships

All biology majors must complete an internship. Internships provide excellent real-world experiences in a variety of occupations. Department faculty will work with you to develop a resume and to locate an appropriate placement, perhaps one working with department faculty on an independent research project. Internships have led to part-time jobs and even full-time post-graduate employment. Our majors intern throughout the Southeast and even internationally. Recent sites include:

  • Carnivore Preservation Trust, North Carolina
  • School of the Sciences, Barton College
  • For the Love of Dogs, North Carolina
  • GlaxoSmithKline, North Carolina
  • Imagination Station, Children’s Science Museum, North Carolina
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • North Carolina Coastal Wildlife Facility
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
  • Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina
  • Virginia Beach Aquarium
  • Wood Hudson Research Institute, Kentucky

Students have also assisted and participated in shadowing programs with veterinarians, medical doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists, dentists, chiropractors, and podiatrists.

Career Opportunities

With a degree in biology from Barton, you can easily enter graduate or professional school. You are also job-ready in a variety of fields, including microbiology, genetics, agriculture, wildlife, environmental science, biochemistry, and physiology.

Our graduates have gone on to graduate school, medical school, veterinary school, and chiropractic school, entering programs from such institutions as:

  • Clemson University
  • East Carolina University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Wingate University School of Pharmacy

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.

Contact Us

Dean Kevin Pennington, Ph.D.
School of Sciences
Moye Science Hall

knpennington@barton.edu
252-399-6467