General Degree Information

Degree Programs

The biology major is frequently chosen by students with career interests related to medicine, environmental science, biological research and teaching and secondary education in the sciences. Qualified Winthrop students in biology are accepted for postgraduate study in many fields, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physiology, microbiology, ecology, environmental science, botany, zoology and medical technology.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Students who complete the curriculum in the biology major will receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology degree. The BS degree requires 42 credit hours of BIOL courses with some chemistry, mathematics, and science electives in addition to general education courses for a total of 120 credit hour

    Students may choose General Bachelor of Science in Biology degree.

    General Advising for BS in Biology

    Students may chose a concentration within the major, which prescribes specific coursework to prepare students for a particular career track. 


    1. The minor in biology consists of 18 semester hours of BIOL to include BIOL 220/222 (or 220/270) and 221/223 Or (221/271) and at least 6 hours in courses numbered above 299.  

    General Science

    1. The minor in general science consists of at least 18 semester hours of coursework selected from BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS, to include:
      1. PHYS 201 (4) General Physics I and  
      2. PHYS 202 (4) General Physics II  
      3. PHYS 211 (4) Physics with Calculus I and  
      4. PHYS 212 (4) Physics with Calculus II

    Winthrop offers programs which prepare students for professional study in a variety of fields. Some of these are degree programs preliminary to advanced study in such disciplines as engineering, medicine, nursing, dentistry and law. A Winthrop faculty adviser will help students plan their studies to meet the requirements of several professional schools.

    1. Pre-Dental
    2. Pre-Medicine
    3. Pre-Pharmacy
    4. Pre-Physical Therapy
    5. Pre-Veterinary

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Teacher Education/Secondary Certification in Biology

Biology majors can complete a secondary education minor to become a certified high school biology teacher with our Teacher Education/Secondary Certification Program.

Master of Science in Biology

Whether you are a new graduate continuing your education in a specialized field of study or seasoned professional wishing to capitalize on your years of service in the field, Winthrop University provides an outstanding opportunity for graduate studies in biology. The biology department offers a Master of Science degree with both thesis and non-thesis options. Coursework for either option can be completed within two years by attending evening classes.