About Biology

Distinguished by small class sizes and faculty lab instruction, our biology major offers you excellent preparation for medical school, graduate school and other professional programs. You will gain a solid grasp of core biological principles, cultivate analytical skills, and develop your curiosity about the biological world.

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Over half of our graduates have performed research outside of a traditional classroom setting while at GC, working with our own faculty or receiving funding to work with researchers at other institutions, from Stanford University to the National Institutes of Health


We have a long tradition of successfully preparing students for health professions.  Over 90% of our students who complete the application process, including an interview, get accepted to medical school. 


We offer two regular May term courses:  Paleobiology of the Western US and Tropical Biology.  The paleobiology course involves a 5,000 mile cross-country trip to explore fossil beds that span much of the evolution of multicellular life.  Tropical Biology students travel to Belize, where their time is divided between studying forest and coral reef ecology.

Program Requirements

49 hours for major. See catalog for more details.

18 hours for minor. See catalog for more details.

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Potential Careers

“My years spent in the GC Biology Department are ones that I will always hold dear, especially because of all the brilliant, kind, caring professors who fill the department. I owe much of my own success to their personal investment in their students. Thanks to them, GC is known by medical residencies in the region as a powerhouse that produces numerous future physicians each year. I was proud to boast about my alma mater when interviewing for my residency in Pediatrics!” 

 - Madison Nation, '12

“My time with the biology department at Georgetown College helped me understand that reading the material and showing up to class weren't the real act of learning, but rather, encouraged me to be excited about and engaged in the act of scientific discovery.  I began to understand the importance of employing creative, critical-thinking skills with real world applications. I do not think I would have the stretch of opportunities that are present for me today, had I not started my path in the classrooms and with the awesome professors at GC.  The friendships that were forged in those halls will be cherished forever.”

Megan French,’06, M.D

“My career was varied, interesting, fun, challenging and always required science knowledge and experience. Bourbon tasting professional (that really is a job), cancer research tech, senior environmental consultant, recycling director and more. I have stories! To new and prospective students – Your career path is as unique as you are. Be open to all the possibilities and you will have stories of your own.”

Anna (Morris) Shipley, '78

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