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
B.A., University of North Carolina at Asheville
M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida at Gainesville
Dr. Stewart Skeate
Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S., Rutgers University
M.A., California State University
Ph.D., University of Florida at Gainesville
Dr. Claude Pyatte
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S., North Carolina State University
D.V.M., University of Georgia
Dr. Kenneth Davis
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Presbyterian College
Ph.D., Texas A & M University
Dr. Fiona Chrystall
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Stirling
Ms. Nina Fischesser
Director, Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute
B.S., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Dr. Steve Saunders
Adjunct Professor of Biological Science
B.S., University of Florida (Gainesville)
Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology
Dr. Dalenia "Dee" Medford-Baker
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A., UNC-Asheville
M.S., East Tennessee State University
D.C., Sherman College
George E. Dunaif, Ph.D., DABT
Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences/Nutrition
BS State University of NY (Buffalo)
MS Iowa State University
PhD Cornell University
Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology
Kari Hecker Ryan, PhD, RD
Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences/Nutrition
BS Indiana University (Bloomington)
MS University of Missouri (Columbia)
PhD Penn State University
Registered Dietician
Robert C. Brown, PhD, MPH, RD
Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences

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