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Program Overview

Program Overview

Prepare yourself for the career of your choice with our customizable biology degree. Our faculty are world-class scientists who stay current in their field as the world of science evolves. 
Let us ready you to be a middle or high school teacher. As a biology teaching major, you'll get to network during clinical practice classes, which will set you up for employment by graduation. You'll have the chance to go to the Tennessee Science Teachers Association meeting or the National Science Teachers Association meeting. You'll get to learn about teaching ideas, influential research and network with other science teachers from across the U.S. 

Whether you choose our teaching or general biology degree, our scientists will mentor you and ready you to think critically. You'll grow your working knowledge of biology. So come gain research experience in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Your time here will equip you to enter research graduate programs or professional schools, too. Our graduates are in careers as physicians, dentists, teachers, pharmacists, veterinarians, physical therapists, physician assistants, research scientists and more. 

If you’re intending to later attend Lipscomb’s College of Pharmacy, you may opt to pursue a bachelor’s degree track, a 3+1 bachelor’s degree track, or take 64 course hours of required prerequisite courses. With any of these paths, you’ll build the foundation necessary to prepare you for Lipscomb’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.




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Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society

As a student, you'll have the opportunity to participate in activities of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

  • Beth Conway

    Beth Conway

    Adjunct Faculty

    Beth Conway is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. She received her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry and Molecular...

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    Phil Choate

    Adjunct Faculty

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  • Jill Kirby headshot

    Jill Kirby

    Assistant Professor

    Jill Kirby grew up in Knoxville, TN where she developed a passion for helping others. That led her to Harding University for undergraduate work (B.S Exercise Science) and then to...

    Meet Jill Kirby
  • Tamera Klingbyll headshot

    Tamera Klingbyll


    Tamera Klingbyll joined the Lipscomb faculty in 1990 after obtaining a Masters of Science in Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She earned her Bachelor of Science from...

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  • John Lewis headshot

    John Lewis

    Faith and Science Professorship

    John Lewis is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Tennessee Technological...

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    Jon Lowrance

    Department Chair - Biology

    Jon H. Lowrance is a professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. He received his bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from...

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  • Florah Mhlanga headshot

    Florah Mhlanga

    Senior Associate Dean

    Florah Mhlanga serves as the Associate Dean and Professor of Biology the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Lipscomb University. She also serves as the Director of the Lipscomb...

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  • Bonny Millimaki headshot

    Bonny Millimaki

    Associate Professor and Director of the Biomolecular Science

    Bonny Millimaki is an associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University in...

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    Amanda Williams

    Assistant Professor

    Amanda Williams was raised in Providence, Kentucky. She met her husband, Rick, at the Green Hills Starbucks when they were both college students at Lipscomb (B.S., Biology). Upon graduation, she...

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Career Paths

Conservation Scientists and Foresters

Conservation scientists and foresters manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources.


Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

High School Teachers

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.