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Virginia Intermont College - Biology Degree Program

Virginia Intermont biology professors are experienced educators who believe in nurturing students as well as challenging them to reach their highest goals related to their chosen field: the science of life. Students thrive in stimulating a classroom environment that utilizes the latest technology and lab equipment in our newly renovated Science Hall.

With the combination of a core liberal arts curriculum and specialized courses, students develop strong quantitative, computer and writing skills. A diverse selection of upper-level science courses further prepares VI graduates for success in their chosen careers or postgraduate studies.

Degree Programs and Areas of Concentration:

  • Bachelor of Science

The four-year B.S. degree program offers core courses ranging from Anatomy and Physiology to Microbiology and Genetics and offers advanced courses ranging from Biochemistry to Immunology and Forensics. Our courses prepare you in one of five concentrations:

  • Environmental Science
  • General Biology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Teacher Education with licensure for grades 6-12

The southern Appalachian Mountains offer VI students unique opportunities to conduct field studies in many natural communities. Our flexible curriculum allows students to double major in equine studies and even compete on a riding team. Pre-vet students learn from a practicing veterinarian and get many hours of large-animal experience. And local internships provide invaluable real-world experience and networking opportunities.

What can you do with a degree in biology?

  • Graduate/professional studies
    • Medicine
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Physical Therapy
    • Pharmacology
  • Teacher Education
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Wildlife Management
  • Field Research
  • Laboratory Research


Download the PDF below for an overview of the biology major, course requirements and course descriptions:

For an in-depth look at all our majors, please refer to our catalog (pdf).



John Allsteadt, Ph.D
B.A., Biology, Lawrence University
M.S., Biology, University of North Dakota
Ph.D., Ecological Sciences, Old Dominion University

Chuck Pearson, Ph.D.
B.S., Physics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Biophysics, Ohio State University

Jeffrey Blackwell, Ph.D.
B.S., Biology & Chemistry, Emory and Henry College
M.S., Biological & Physical Science, University of Virginia
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Virginia