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School ofSciences

Biology (BS)

A Biology degree can prepare you for a career that starts right after graduation or for graduate study. In addition to a strong academic program, you will have the advantages of personalized advising. Internships and research projects often lead to permanent employment with area hospitals, health-related organizations, corporations and industries, and public and private schools.

If you choose CBU’s five-year option, you can finish your Master of Arts in Teaching degree and teacher licensure preparation in just one extra year.

Program Highlights

  • Wide variety of course selection in the fields of:
    • human and biomedical biology
    • organismal biology
    • evolutionary biology and ecology
    • cell and molecular biology
  • Lecture class sizes not exceeding 40 students
  • Lab class sizes not exceeding 16 students
  • Opportunity to present research at CBU poster session and a scientific meeting
  • Opportunity for international research and service
  • Internship and/or a mentored research project that pairs you with either a CBU faculty member or an investigator at a research institution. Past students have conducted significant research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis Zoo.

What You’ll Study

The Biology major requires 122 credit hours. You’ll take CBU general education and liberal arts courses, plus courses in:

  • General Biology
  • Genetics
  • Research
  • Mathematics

The academic catalog lists all course requirements for this program.

Biology Minor

The School of Sciences offers a minor in biology that requires 23 credit hours of upper-level biology course work.


A Biology major can lead to careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Teaching
  • Environmental consulting

Recent graduates also have gone on to various master’s and doctoral programs.

Science Faculty

Science faculty provide the attention and support you need to succeed at the University.

Clubs and Organizations

You can participate in a variety of activities through CBU's Mu Tau Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national undergraduate biology honor society.

Is a Biology Major for You?

If you have interest in more than one or two of these areas, a major in Biology may be for you:

  • Health careers
  • Science education
  • Research
  • The environment

Contact Us

Dr. James E. Moore, chair and associate professor
(901) 321-3451

Next Steps

Ready to take the next step toward becoming a CBU student?
Schedule a visit, request more information, or apply online.