About the Program

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.

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.


Nutrition Concentration Highlight: The Dose Makes the Poison

This relationship is true for all substances. Even the most benign substance - pure water - can be toxic if ingested in sufficient quantity. A contest was once held in which the contestant who drank the most water would win a car. Unfortunately someone actually drank so much water that they died as a result. On the other hand, the most potent toxic substance known is botulinum toxin - the cause of botulism food poisoning. Yet this same substance is used as a therapeutic treatment for wrinkles (Botox).

So what’s the point? Simply this: we are surrounded by potentially toxic substances. Everything is toxic at some dose.  We can’t avoid them- we manage them by controlling exposure. Just as there is a safe dose of botulinum toxin, the most toxic substance on earth, there is a safe dose of every other “toxic” substance. This lesson, among countless others, is one that you will learn in the Nutrition program at Lees-McRae College.

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Pictured above: Steve Saunders | Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences