The objective of the Department of Biology is to provide students with a postsecondary education in the life sciences, the health professions, or teaching. The department offers a degree in biology with three optional concentrations: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismal and Marine Biology (includes those preparing for a career in veterinary medicine), and Pre-Health (for those preparing for a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or optometry). The department also offers a degree in health sciences for students preparing for careers in audiology, clinical laboratory sciences, cytology, genetic counseling, orthoptics, physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), prosthetic & orthotics, and public health. An additional objective of the department is to provide all students of the College with the opportunity to learn the general principles of the life sciences necessary for a complete liberal art education.
Spring Hill College has a longstanding reputation of providing an academically sound background for students who desire to become health care professionals (i.e., physicians, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc.). We know first-hand what strengths, skills, and experiences students must develop in order to gain admission to the graduate or professional school of their choice, and the excellence of our program is recognized and appreciated by the graduate and professional schools to which our students apply and are accepted. While students who aspire to enter one of the health professions need not pursue a major in one of the sciences, the majors which can most easily be adapted to their needs are in biology, biochemistry, and chemistry.
A minor in biology consists of 26 semester hours in biology including four lower-level division (100-200 level) courses with laboratories (16 semester hours), and three upper-division (300-400 level) courses, at least one of which must include a laboratory (10 semester hours).
Note: General and organic chemistry are required for some, but not all upper-division biology courses.