Get more than information and instruction in our innovative and comprehensive Biology program, explore Biology's foundations and subsets, participate in professional research and discover the latest scientific knowledge.

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

Career Path

Prepare for lifelong discoveries when you become one of these with a degree in Biology. 

  • Science Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Clinical Laboratory  
  • Diagnostics
  • Pathology
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture Computational Biology
  • Bioinformatics Genetic Counselor

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 two concentrations. 

Minor in Biology

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.

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.


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.



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.

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