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Department Overview


The natural world is yours to discover. Begin here.

Centenary University Science Department offers a few different undergraduate programs: B.S. in Biology, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Medical Lab Science and in collaboration with the Equine studies, Animal Health pre-veterinary program. Our programs will provide you with a strong foundation in the field of the life sciences while you also explore a variety of interests within the natural sciences.

Our Biology program provides a well-rounded education in both the liberal arts and sciences. Students take core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, animal and human anatomy&physiology, ecology, microbiology and calculus and advance to higher-level classes in areas including genetics and biochemistry.

The Forensic Science program expands your solid science background with knowledge of the Criminal Justice system to prepare you for a career as a scientist in a crime lab.

The Environmental Science program focuses on the science of sustainability and prepares graduates for conservation and research careers in the field of environmental protection.

The Medical Lab Science program prepares students through a rigorous curriculum and clinical practice for careers in medical diagnostic laboratories. At the end of their studies, students take their ASCP registry exam.

The Animal Health pre-veterinary program is hosted in both the Science and the Equine departments and features two tracks: small animal and equine tracks. The program introduces students to animal handling and veterinary-specific skills early on, along with all prerequisites for most veterinary schools.

A Focus On Research

Our science students also have many opportunities to participate in scientific research, including working right alongside a primary investigator in an academic or professional organization. Students engaged in research are encouraged and supported in their efforts to present their findings at regional, national, and international conferences.


The Centenary chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society in Biology, is active and thriving. Read about our Tri Beta Program here

The Next Level

As a Centenary Science major, you can fulfill all of the requirements for graduate studies in various fields of biology, veterinary school, medical school, dental school, environmental or forensic science. Our graduates easily transition directly into careers in business, health care and research. Through Centenary’s teacher preparation program, you can also become certified to teach biology in New Jersey.

In addition to our strong academic program, you will be ready for what lies ahead by participating in internships in industries including pharmaceuticals, environmental science and medical science. These internships are matched with students’ interests and often result in employment opportunities after graduation.


Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • BIO 1150 | General Biology I (Major) | (4)
  • AFC1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary (Cat. I) | (4)
  • WRI1002 | Comp & Rhetoric II (Cat. II) | (4)
  • BIO1160 | General Biology II (Major) BIO 1150 | (4)
  • ART1001 or MUS1001 or THA1001 | (Cat. III) | (4)
  • BIO2200 | Anatomy and Physiology I | (4)
  • CHM1100 | General Chemistry I | (4)
  • MTH1501 | Statistics I | (4)
  • PSC1500 | Physical Science (Cat. IV) | (4)
  • PHY2001 | Physics I (Cat. IV) | (4)
  • PHY2002 | Physics I | (4)
  • BIO2210 | Anatomy and Physiology II | (4)
  • CHM1110 | General Chemistry II | (4)
  • Category III | Literature | (4)
  • BIO3200 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Major) Junior/Senior Standing | (4)
  • BIO3500 | Microbiology (Major) | (4)
  • CHM2050 | Organic Chemistry I | (4)
  • BIO3100 | Genetics | (4)
  • BIO3210 | Animal Physiology and Behavior | (4)
  • BIO4300 | Bioethics (Cat. III) | (4)
  • CHM2060 | Organic Chemistry II | (4)
  • ENV1110 | Environmental Science (Cat. VI) | (4)
  • BIO4000 | Ecology | (4)
  • Notes:
    1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
    2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
    3. New Jersey requires that candidates for certification achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
    4. Graduates must have a minimum of an overall 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
    5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
    6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.

Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.