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Centenary University’s Biology program will provide you with a strong foundation in the field of biology while you explore a wide variety of interests within the natural and health sciences. Our Biology program provides a well-rounded education with courses in biology, chemistry, physics, animal and human anatomy, ecology, microbiology, genetics and biochemistry. These courses are the foundational courses needed to pursue a career in the natural or health sciences. Our Biology degree can prepare you for the degree you want and each of these Biology programs could help you in your pursuits.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology
A Biology degree provides a broad exploration of the origins, structures, and functions of biological organisms. Biology degrees allow students to investigate growth, evolution, and interactions among living organisms and introduce students to fundamental knowledge about the natural world while training them to carry out research, solve problems, and think critically. View course descriptions
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science
A Biology degree with a concentration in Environmental Science offers an in-depth exploration of the intricate relationships between living organisms and their natural surroundings. This program equips students with a comprehensive understanding of ecological systems, conservation strategies, and environmental sustainability. The Environmental Science courses will delve into topics such as climate change, biodiversity preservation, pollution management, and resource conservation. With a strong foundation in biological principles, graduates of this program are well-prepared to tackle the pressing environmental challenges of our time and contribute to the development of innovative solutions that promote a harmonious coexistence between humanity and the natural world. View course descriptions
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology with a concentration in Forensic Science
A Biology degree with a concentration in Forensic Science offers a captivating blend of scientific inquiry and investigative skill. This specialized program explores the application of biological principles to the field of law enforcement and criminal investigation. Students gain expertise in analyzing biological evidence, such as DNA, fingerprints, and other trace materials, to assist in solving crimes and uncovering vital information in legal cases. Through a mix of laboratory work, advanced coursework, and real-world simulations, students learn how to gather, analyze, and present scientific evidence in a way that can stand up to legal scrutiny. Graduates of this program emerge as skilled entry-level forensic biologists, poised to contribute their expertise to criminal justice systems, help ensure the integrity of legal processes, and aid in the pursuit of truth and justice. View course descriptions
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Healthcare
A Biology degree with a concentration in Pre-Healthcare offers a rigorous academic pathway for students aspiring to pursue careers in various healthcare fields. This program provides a solid foundation in biological sciences while tailoring the curriculum to align with the specific requirements of medical, dental, chiropractic, or other health-related professional schools. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, physiology, genetics, and microbiology, coupled with courses that emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. With exposure to healthcare-related experiences and opportunities, graduates are well-equipped to excel in graduate/professional programs and application processes for advanced healthcare programs. This degree sets the stage for future healthcare practitioners, positioning them to contribute effectively to patient care, medical research, and the broader advancement of medical science. View course descriptions
A Focus On Research
The Natural and Health Sciences at Centenary University stands out for its strong emphasis on exploration, fostering a dynamic and immersive learning environment. With dedicated faculty mentors and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, students are provided ample opportunities to engage in hands-on research projects that span a wide range of biological disciplines. From molecular genetics to ecosystem dynamics, students actively contribute to ongoing scientific inquiries, gaining invaluable experience in experimental design, data analysis, and presentation skills. The emphasis on research cultivates the students’ critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, while preparing students for postgraduate pursuits or careers in research-intensive fields. By immersing students in real-world scientific exploration, the Natural and Health Sciences equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to make meaningful contributions to the scientific community and address pressing global challenges.
Students engaged in research are encouraged and supported in their efforts to present their findings at regional, national, and international conferences.
Centenary University is the home of the Omega Rho Chapter of Beta Beta Beta or Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, which is a prestigious organization that recognizes and celebrates academic excellence in the field of biology. Committed to promoting scholarship, leadership, and a deeper understanding of biological sciences, Tri-Beta provides a platform for students to engage in enriching educational experiences beyond the classroom. The society encourages members to explore their passion for biology through research, community service, and networking opportunities with fellow peers and professionals in the field. By fostering a sense of camaraderie among like-minded individuals, Tri-Beta empowers students to embrace their passion for biology and make a positive impact on both their academic journey and the broader scientific community. Read about our Tri Beta Program here
The Next Level
Graduate School: As a Centenary Biology major, you can fulfill all of the requirements for graduate studies in various fields of biology, as well as for medical, dental or chiropractic school.
Careers: Our graduates easily transition directly into careers in biotechnology, health care and research.
Teaching: Through Centenary’s teacher preparation program, you can also become certified to teach biology in New Jersey. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education Biology.
Internships: 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 and health science. These internships are matched with students’ interests and often result in employment opportunities after graduation.
If you are majoring in any of the Biology degrees and plan to follow a medical, dental, veterinary or other health-related program, the Pre-Professional Advising Committee can provide you with insightful evaluation and written recommendation.