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Biologists engage in problem-solving, innovation, and profound exploration of the intricacies of life.

At Florida Southern, our comprehensive biology program equips you with the foundational knowledge and practical experience essential for navigating diverse scientific realms. Pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology to delve into cellular biology, anatomy, ecology, genetics, marine biology, and more.

Experience biology firsthand through immersive classroom discussions, laboratory experiments, fieldwork, and international study opportunities. Collaborate with esteemed faculty members across various disciplines who share your fervor for discovery. With personalized guidance from advisors, you can tailor your academic journey to align with your career goals.

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Original Biology Research

Engage in collaborative biology research with esteemed faculty, and then take the opportunity to publish and present your original findings at regional and national conferences.

State-of-the-Art Biology Instrumentation

Access cutting-edge technology in FSC’s biology research labs, where you’ll gain hands-on experiences with state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Learning Community

Develop camaraderie with other biology majors through learning communities, which are focused on problem-based, integrative, and collaborative learning.

Internship Opportunities

Gain valuable hands-on experience at local clinics and organizations through internship opportunities customized for health professions including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and physical therapy.

Graduate Acceptance

FSC biology graduates consistently secure admission to prestigious medical, dental, and veterinary schools nationwide, including institutions such as Duke, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, and Auburn University.

LECOM Agreement

Benefit from FSC’s accelerated program agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, offering qualified students priority admission opportunities.

The courses I took at FSC were appropriately challenging to prepare me to succeed in medical school, but that’s something you can find almost anywhere. I thought FSC particularly excelled in providing me with the kind of one-on-one time with faculty members and mentors, which is impossible at larger schools.
Brent Willobee

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Abby Farrow

Employment Outlook

Top Employers - Biology

Polk County School Board

Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Physassist Scribes

Practicematch Corporation

Watson Clinic Foundation

Estimated Salary - Biology


Estimated Salary of Biology Alumni From This Program

Alumni Job Titles - Biology


Physician Assistant (PA)




Get an inside look at Biology

Get an inside look at Biology

Build proficiency in diverse biological fields

In BIO 2215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, you will learn about the structure and function of various major organ systems in the human body, like the endocrine and skeletal systems, as well as the muscular and nervous systems. You will practice important skills in the lab, and manipulate 3D images of body systems on an Anatomage table, a technology used in medical and physical therapy programs throughout the nation.

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Secondary education certification available for this major

Secondary education certified teachers enjoy the options and versatility that come with being able to teach students in grades ranging from 6 through 12.

Nancy Morvillo, Ph.D.

Featured Faculty

Nancy Morvillo

Read and think. Then read some more and think some more. Then do. Learning is not something that just takes place in the classroom and ends when you obtain a degree. It is something you do throughout your entire life, in all aspects of your daily existence. All you need is curiosity, passion, and enthusiasm. Let yourself be that young child again: allow everything to be fun, to be an adventure. Don’t be afraid to explore and dig deeper. You will be rewarded in ways you cannot possibly imagine.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Program

Through a partnership with one of the nation’s most renowned medical colleges, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), FSC students are able to pursue the pre-med, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental tracks.

Partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

With a growing demand of healthcare professionals, FSC, and LECOM partnered to help prepare new doctors, dentists and pharmacists succeed in the healthcare industry. This special Early Acceptance Program (EAP) with LECOM allows high school or current FSC students to apply to LECOM medical, dental, or pharmacy school. (Students who meet the requirements in high school are conditionally accepted into both FSC and LECOM’s program simultaneously.)

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Early Acceptance Program

LECOM has developed special Early Acceptance Programs with select community colleges, undergraduate colleges, and universities that grant qualified students a provisional early acceptance to LECOM’s School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine, or College of Osteopathic Medicine. In some cases, these programs will permit the student to start the professional program prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree.

Berend Good Labs

Berend Good Labs

The Berend Good Labs, located in the Jack M. Berry Science Building, represent a state-of-the-art biology laboratory facility featuring all the equipment needed to explore the world of microorganisms and learn proper laboratory techniques. These facilities play a major role in the Tiny Earth network's search for antibiotics from soil bacteria.

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Admission Requirements


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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Nancy Morvillo Nancy Morvillo, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Department Chair

Nelson C. White Chair in the Life Sciences

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