Biology prepares students for a broad range of careers in scientific research, medicine, and business.

Montreat College’s Biology program gives students an understanding of fundamental concepts while providing a variety of opportunities for specialization in specific fields of interest. Students engage in scientific research and in-depth inquiry and discussion while considering the ethical and worldview implications of their research and study.

Montreat College is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a perfect place for immersion in biology subject matter.

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Montreat biology graduates have gone on to study at leading research universities like U. of Georgia, Wake Forest, U. of Minnesota, and U. of Michigan.

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Montreat biology students begin hands-on research in their second year, allowing them to build valuable experience for post-graduate work and study.

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Graduates of Montreat College’s Biology program who apply to medical school have a 100% placement rate.

Sample Courses

BL 315 Cell Biology

Structure and physiology of cells with an emphasis on the homeostasis of molecular processes and how cellular functions are integrated in multicellular organisms.

BL 410 Genetics

Molecular, Mendelian, and population genetic principles will be developed with the inclusion of an introduction to modern experimental techniques. The course will also explore the application of Christian values to ethical issues related to genetics.

BL 406 Conservation Biology

This course studies an emerging discipline that encompasses the study and conservation of the earth’s biodiversity. Topics include population biology, ecology, and conservation of the diversity of species that cohabit the living world. It also examines how theories are used in habitat management practices. Current issues and case studies are used as examples.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Analytical Chemist


Joshua Holbrook

Joshua Holbrook
Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Studies in Natural and Health Sciences
Faculty of Science and Human Services

Portrait of Maddison Melchionna

Dr. Maddison Melchionna
Assistant Professor of Natural Science
Studies in Natural and Health Sciences
Faculty of Science and Human Services 

Mark Lassiter

Dr. Mark Lassiter
Professor of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science
Chair, Studies in Natural and Health Sciences
Faculty of Science and Human Services

Jared Spencer

Dr. Jared Spencer
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Studies in Natural and Health Sciences
Faculty of Science and Human Services

Adjunct Faculty

Abby Leahy
Natural and Health Sciences Lab Coordinator


Applied Biochemical Technology Concentration

The applied biochemical technology concentration is a track which includes a customized investigation of technologies in Biology and Chemistry and is designed around the interests of the student. The track includes:

  • biotechnology research project
  • summer biotechnology certificate or specified training
  • a developmental process for the project & grant writing
Environmental Biology Concentration

Our environmental biology concentration offers a wide range of courses. You’ll be prepared for many different graduate schools, professional programs, and career paths in disciplines such as:

  • biology
  • ecology
  • botany
IP for ABSN (Integrated Preparation for Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing) (Pre-Nursing) Concentration

Our pre-nursing track is customized to provide entrance to an accelerated BSN program.

Pre-professional Concentration

Our pre-professional concentration offers a wide range of courses, all designed to prepare you for entrance into the following:

  • medical school
  • veterinary school
  • dental school
  • physical therapy programs
  • professional programs
  • graduate schools
Special Emphasis Concentration

Our special emphasis curriculum is self-directed in consultation with your advisor. Your advisor and the Biology Review Committee must approve a formal proposal of emphasis requirements by the end of your sophomore year. You may fulfill the requirements of this concentration with approved credits from:

  • other institutions
  • study abroad programs
  • Au Sable Institute certificate programs
  • other certificate programs
  • courses in other departments at Montreat

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