Get more than information and instruction in our innovative and comprehensive Biology program. Explore the foundations of Biology, gain depth of knowledge in the disciplines many sub-fields, participate in professional research and discover the latest scientific knowledge.

With valuable hands- on experiences, and practical and professional skill development, you'll make more than grades, you'll make life -long colleagues.

Career Path

Prepare for lifelong discoveries in one of these great career paths. Our program provides excellent preparation for employment right after graduation as well as entry into graduate and professional programs.

  • Health-related careers
  • Forensic scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Microbiologist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Clinical laboratory technician
  • Science policy analyst
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Conservation scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Middle school science teacher
  • High school biology teacher

What You'll Study


Investigate the function of the natural world from the inner workings of individual cells to the properties of whole ecosystems. As a Longwood Biology major you will study how cells function, how whole organisms like humans work and are put together, and how life of all types interacts to create the dynamic living world we live in.

You will receive a strong foundation in fundamental biology and then work with your adviser to tailor your coursework to develop specialized expertise in your specific area of interest.

We also offer these three concentrations.

Minor in Biology

General Biology

You will receive a strong foundation in fundamental biology and then work with your adviser to tailor your coursework to develop specialized expertise in your specific area of interest.

Biology Teacher Preparation

Do you want to teach biology in Virginia's public schools? Take courses required for the biology major, with the same accessible and expert faculty, and then some additional education courses. Senior year you'll participate in a professional semester, aka student teaching.

Sample 4-Year Plan

Biology, Teacher Preparation Concentration (pdf)

Clinical Lab Science

Our experienced faculty is ready to guide you as you prepare for a professional program in medical technology and clinical lab sciences. Typically, you'll have the option of taking courses at Longwood for one to three years before you transfer and you'll work closely with Longwood's Director of Pre-Professional Programs to ensure you've met the requirements of these competitive programs.


Learn more about our Pre-Medical Concentration.


You'll take Integrative Biology (BIOL 120), Introduction to Genetics and Cell Biology (BIOL 250), or Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 251). Then you need 4 more courses, and two of these classes will be above the 200 level.


Complementary Minors

Earning a minor has major advantages! It’s like getting a mini-major, and gives you the competitive edge in the professional arena.

You’ll boost your employment profile; sharpen your skill sets; and exhibit your strong work ethic.

Some academic minors will give you a chance to explore your other interests, and some minors help you specialize your degree.

These minors are compatible with your Biology degree:


The core curriculum, which includes courses in Genetics, Evolution and The Diversity of Life, ensures you will have a broad background in the diverse field of biological sciences.


Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) Early Assurance Program (EAP)

The Early Assurance Program (EAP) gives you the opportunity to receive specialized mentoring from a Longwood Biology Pre-Med advisor, and an advisor associated with the EVMS program, then apply early to Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). 

Learn more about the EAP with EVMS.