Biology & Natural Science Department

Micro_5Major: Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology offers students opportunities to explore the living world with a health-related or environmental focus. Foundation courses introduce you to the process of scientific inquiry and critical thinking in small classes, laboratory investigations, and field experiences.  Together, we build on that framework an appreciation of the global biological ecosystem and exercise a commitment to greater stewardship.  In addition, you can begin to apply these skills in internships beginning your second year, and synthesize your studies by developing and conducting your own capstone research project with guidance from your professor.  These practical experiences help you prepare for a future career in biology or further research in graduate school.

What can I do with this major?




Environmental Educator

Food Scientist

Health Educator

Conservation Biologist

Medical Researcher



Or you may go on to a graduate or professional degree program in:

  • Medical

  • Dental

  • Veterinary

  • Chiropractic

  • Environmental Science and Policy

  • Grad school in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Management, or others!

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on career preparation through experience in the field.
  • Career internships and research projects that are tailored to fit your goals, interests, and strengths.
  • Undergraduate research helps you prepare for a graduate program.  

Student testimonials

“The biology program at SLC has helped me to understand the natural world better and keeps me curious.  I have become a stronger writer, particularly in the science area.  I have learned research skills that I have utilized during my internship as well as for my capstone project.” –Rose, class of 2015

“What I like about the biology program here at SLC is that there is a lot of one-on-one with the professors if I need extra help with the material or if I want to get a deeper understanding.” – Raelyn, class of 2016

“I like that the program is so flexible and that I can choose my electives. I also like the teachers here, they are so enthusiastic about what they are teaching.” – Misty, class of 2016


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Dr. Danielle N. McKeithen

Department Chair and Assistant Professor 
Biology & Natural Science 

Dr. McKeithen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from Columbia College, South Carolina; a Master of Public Health with a concentration in microbiology and infectious diseases from the University of Pittsburgh; and recently earned her Doctor of Philosophy in biology with emphasis in microbiology, biochemistry and Immunology from Clark Atlanta University.

For more about McKeithen, click here.