Biology Department


B.S., A.B., Minor, Major

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Discover Your Future in the Life Sciences

From the North Carolina coast to the Galapagos Islands, pursue your passion for biology. As you immerse yourself in the study of living things, you'll change the way you see the world with hands-on experiences and innovative fieldwork.

Learn from inspirational faculty in small classes. Sharpen your skills with stimulating projects in Guilford's exceptional laboratories. Our challenging courses will prepare you for a lifetime of incredible exploration and dynamic leadership roles in the natural sciences.

You can choose from two biology degree options:

  • The A.B. in Biology enables you to connect your interest in biology to fields like scientific illustration, science writing or environmental law.
  • The B.S. in Biology is ideal if you plan on attending graduate school to pursue medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or an allied health profession.

Minors are available in forensic science and three additional tracks: general biology, field biology and cell and molecular biology. 

Biology students benefit from amazing opportunities

  • Interning at an intensive care unit, psychiatric facility or veterinary hospital
  • Performing international fieldwork in places from Kenya to Scotland
  • Investigating aquatic life using advanced anatomy lab equipment
  • Pursuing independent research
  • Collaborating with students and faculty from other universities
Major/minor requirements and course descriptions are available in the online version of the Guilford College Catalog. Use the keyboard shortcuts Control F for PC or Command F for Mac to search the document for your program.

Hands-on Learning

I had the opportunity to participate in my own independent research, and work with real-world problems branching from 'Green Chemistry.

Rohini, '17
Chemistry and Biology

Learn by doing at the most astounding research sites across the planet.

Explore beyond the classroom through experiences such as:

  • Study abroad programs in Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos Islands, Scotland, Kenya, Australia and more
  • Medical internships at Yale or Wake Forest universities
  • Laboratory programs at Transpharma, LabCorp and MWG Biotech
  • Research projects at Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina State universities
  • Veterinary internships at Carolina Equine Hospital and Piedmont Wildlife Rehab
  • Fieldwork at the North Carolina Zoo, the Smithsonian and Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

After Guilford

Byron Hamilton, Class of 2015
Majors: Business Management and Biology

  • During summer after graduation, worked with elephants, cheetahs and monkeys in South Africa and learned about veterinary medicine and animal conservation
  • Plans to qualify for veterinary school by completing the pre-health program at the College

Liz Killion, Class of 2011
Major: Biology, with a minor in Chemistry

  • Completed a Ph.D. in biochemical and molecular nutrition at Tufts University in April 2016
  • Pursuing a post-doc in the metabolic lab at AMGen, a biotech company in southern California