About The Department

The objective of the Department of Biology is to provide students with a postsecondary education in the life sciences, the health professions, or teaching. The department offers a degree in biology with three optional concentrations: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismal and Marine Biology (includes those preparing for a career in veterinary medicine) and Pre-Health (for those preparing for a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or optometry). The department also offers a degree in health sciences for students preparing for careers in audiology, clinical laboratory sciences, cytology, genetic counseling, orthoptics, physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), prosthetic & orthotics and public health. An additional objective of the department is to provide all students of the College with the opportunity to learn the general principles of the life sciences necessary for a complete liberal art education.

Spring Hill College has a longstanding reputation of providing an academically sound background for students who desire to become health care professionals (i.e., physicians, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc.). We know first-hand what strengths, skills and experiences students must develop in order to gain admission to the graduate or professional school of their choice and the excellence of our program is recognized and appreciated by the graduate and professional schools to which our students apply and are accepted. While students who aspire to enter one of the health professions need not pursue a major in one of the sciences, the majors which can most easily be adapted to their needs are in biology, biochemistry and chemistry.

Program Offerings

Spring Hill College has a 100% acceptance rate for medical school for the class of 2020!

Real World Experiences

Our Health Science and Pre-Health Biology majors spend a semester shadowing professionals in their fields. This allows them to gain insight into the professional workplace while they are learning more about the health field.

In addition to off-campus experiences, we have clubs, honor societies and other student organizations that can expand students’ portfolios further with extracurricular activities, events and projects. Our Biology-centered student organizations include Tri Beta Biology Honor Society, Honeybadgers Beekeeping Club, American Medical Student Association, Health Sciences Club and S.H.O.R.E.S. Learn more about our many student organizations here.

You can also learn more about career development, preparation and opportunities with the Office of Career Development.


  • Charles Chester

    Associate Professor

  • Donald Culberson

    Associate Professor

  • Rebecca Fillmore

    Associate Professor, Department Chair of Biology

  • Deborah Fox

    Associate Professor

  • Paul Kohnen

    Associate Professor; Department Chair, Biology

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