Biology represents a continuum of fields ranging from the molecular level to the ecosystem level. Lees-McRae College offers a degree in Biology with concentrations in Nutrition and Health Sciences providing students with a strong background in biological techniques, theories and principles and a focus on specific areas of interest. Laboratory and lecture classes familiarize students with molecular and biomedical technologies and allow for investigation into recent developments in human disease. Students receive assistance in developing research projects and finding internships or volunteer work that provide practical experience in preparation for their chosen careers.

Explore additional opportunities in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Nursing, Allied Health and Athletic Training programs.

Sample Biology Courses

General Botany
General Chemistry I, II
General Zoology
Laboratory Investigations in Biology
Microbiology and Immunology

Sample Nutrition Concentration Courses

The Nutrition concentration focuses on the chemical components of food and the ways in which they affect our health. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with concentration in Nutrition provides the student with basic undergraduate competencies in biology, chemistry, physiology, nutrition and biochemistry, preparing students for advanced study or entry into medical school, veterinary school or graduate school in basic medical science.

Advanced Nutrition Biochemistry I, II
Food Toxicology
Introduction to Food Science
Nutrition and Athletic Performance
Organic Chemistry I, II
Principles of Human and Animal Nutrition

Sample Health Sciences Concentration Courses

The Health Sciences concentration in Biology provides a strong foundation in the biological sciences that prepares students for graduate and professional school programs in health-related and veterinary fields.

Cell Biology
General Physics I, II
Human Anatomy/Physiology I, II

See full degree, concentration and minor requirements in the College Catalog

Career Opportunities

The field of Biology encompasses a wide array of disciplines with numerous career opportunities. Upon completion of the Biology curriculum, a graduate will have a broad background in the biological sciences that will enable them to pursue a career in health or laboratory sciences, public regulatory agencies at community, state or federal levels, or to continue their education in a wide array of graduate and professional programs. Recent alumni have pursued advanced veterinary and medical studies at Virginia Tech Veterinary, University of Tennessee, Auburn University and more.

  • Academic Medical Researcher
  • Biotechnology
  • Dentistry
  • Food Specialist
  • Health Care Administration
  • Medicine
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Physical Therapy
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Zoology


Dr. Edwin E. (Gene) Spears
Professor of Biological Sciences
BA, University of North Carolina at Asheville
MS, PhD, University of Florida at Gainesville
Dr. Claude Pyatte
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
BS, North Carolina State University
DVM, University of Georgia
Dr. Dalenia "Dee" Medford-Baker
Assistant Professor of Biology
BA, UNC-Asheville
MS, East Tennessee State University
DC, Sherman College

Dr. Billy Carver
Assistant Professor/Laboratory Coordinator
BS, University of Tennessee
PhD, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Stephen Saunders
Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences
Program Coordinator, Nutrition
BS, University of Florida at Gainesville
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Contact Us

Dr. Edwin E. (Gene) Spears
Chair, Division of Science and Mathematics
Professor of Biological Sciences
B.A., University of North Carolina at Asheville
M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida at Gainesville