Immersed in Nature


Brevard College’s Biology program offers experiential opportunities in the incomparable surroundings of the area that surrounds Brevard College.

The close proximity of the natural world makes Brevard the ideal location for living and learning the field of Biology through field studies, examining local biodiversity, and lab research.

What you’ll experience in the Biology program

  • For classes and projects, you’ll explore nearby national and state forests - Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway, and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Take a class that is designed around the North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program. Students will complete much of the work in this class and can finish the program before graduation.
  • Explore internship opportunities with the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and nearby Wildlife Centers, Zoos, and Aquaria.
  • In Animals and Plants of the Southern Appalachians, you’ll travel into local forests to study local plants and animals. The majority of the class is held in the field, and the textbook is written by Brevard professor Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert.
  • In Biodiversity, you’ll test common objects for types of bacteria, collect insects with a  black night light, collect aquatic invertebrates from local streams, and handle living marine invertebrates and small fish in our own large salt-water aquarium.
  • In Developmental Biology, you’ll follow the development of chickens, tadpoles, and sea urchins, then release native frogs back into local environments and hatch chicks for local farmers.

Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Biology majors receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology. A Minor in Biology is available.

Career Opportunities

  • Wildlife Management, Forestry, and Aquatic Systems
  • Environmental Consulting and Assessment
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Nurse

Related Programs

  • Natural History

  • Health Science

  • Teacher Licensure

  • Ecology






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