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You want to specialize in biology—with a Christ-centered approach. We offer small classes and direct work with faculty members. You’ll have the opportunity to develop research and career goals that are aligned with your deepest beliefs.

Biology major

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We’re set in the southern Appalachian Mountains, adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest, which makes Montreat a perfect place for immersion in your biology major subject matter. You can learn experientially—whether inside the classroom or outdoors. Our Biology program grounds you in the fundamental concepts and methodologies of the biological sciences. You’ll engage in scientific research and investigate the relationships between biology and other fields of study, including social and environmental sciences. Biologists must have an understanding of the ethical and worldview implications involved in the application of their knowledge. At Montreat, you’ll be challenged to understand these implications through in-depth inquiry and discussion.

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Unique features of Montreat’s Biology program

  • Many Biology Majors: PreProfessional, Appied BioChemical Technology, Environmental Biology, Integrated Preparation for Accelerated Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing and a Special Emphasis program designed around the student’s interest.
  • Integration with global partnerships such as the CCCU and Au Sable Institute, or local organizations like the National/State Park services, and The Chestnut Foundation, to provide specialized Biology programs designed around the student’s interest.
  • Honors and Professional Honors Programs
  • Close mentoring relationship with faculty
  • Student Independent Research beginning in the student’s second year and can be continued in biology classes to provide a strong field or laboratory project with unique distinction.
  • Very successful placement in graduate programs, related careers, and Professional Programs – Medical Doctor, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Science, and Pharmacy.
  • Analytical and Applied Instrumentation for the field and the laboratory.
  • Multiple program connections with Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education.

Pre-professional concentration

We’ll prepare you for medical school, veterinary school, dental school, and physical therapy programs—and that’s just a start.

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Environmental biology concentration

If you’re looking toward a career in biology, ecology, or field research, this concentration is for you. It’ll also set you up for graduate school.

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Special emphasis concentration

You can work with your advisor to develop your own curriculum and transfer credits from other programs—or even study abroad.

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Applied biochemical technology concentration

This track includes a customized study of technologies in biology and chemistry – prioritizing your interests.

IP for ABSN concentration

If you’re headed towards a career in nursing, consider this the fast lane for getting there.  

Au Sable Institute

Montreat’s partnership with the Au Sable Institute provides you with additional tools for success.

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