Winthrop University: Department of Biology - General Degree Information


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 hours. 

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Concentration

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

  • Bachelor of Science with Biomedical Research
  • Bachelor of Science with Conservation Biology
  • Bachelor of Science with Medical Technology
  • Bachelor of Science with Teacher Certification in Secondary Education


  • Biology
  • General Science

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical therapy
  • 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.

Last Updated: 1/11/23