What makes the Berry biology program unique?
- Personalized attention: As a student in the biology program, you will get to know your professors well. Our high faculty-to-student ratio and small class sizes provide you the attention you deserve
- Off-campus opportunities: While our on-campus curriculum is very broad, you also can take advantage of off-campus experiences. These include programs in Central America (Costa Rica, Belize and Ecuador) and at the Gulf Coast Marine Research Lab and the Highlands Biological Station. Short programs also are offered at a variety of regional sites, including the Savannah River Ecology Lab, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway and Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory
- Internships: We help you to identify appropriate internships that provide experience in your chosen field of biology
- Career-related work experience: Berry College’s student-work program provides unique opportunities for students to earn money and gain valuable career-boosting experience while assisting with laboratory and field research, teaching laboratories and laboratory preparation
- 27,000 acre classroom: Berry has state-of-the-art science facilities and a 27,000 acre campus for field studies
What classes are required?
As a biology major, you will complete six core courses: three introductory biology courses, genetics, ecology and a senior seminar class. Moreover, you will have additional science and math requirements and will complete five additional biology elective courses in your area of interest. Also available through the biology department are a biology minor, an environmental-science biology concentration and, in collaboration with Emory University, a dual-degree nursing major.
What if I am planning a career in medicine?
Whether you are interested in brain surgery, pediatrics or physical therapy, pursuing any career in the field of medicine is hard work, and most people have no idea where or when to start. Luckily, Berry has a well-developed premedical program designed to help. A premedical committee and advisor will help you prepare to take the necessary courses, obtain the right extracurricular experiences, prepare for the MCAT and apply to medical schools. In recent years, 90 to 100 percent of Berry applicants have been admitted to medical school.
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences - Biology
Whom may I contact for more information?
Dr. Chris Mowry, Biology Department Chair
Dr. Chris Hall, Premedical Studies Coordinator