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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether you choose our general biology degree or biology teaching, our scientists will mentor you and ready you to think critically. You'll grow your working knowledge of biology. 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. Our graduates have careers as physicians, dentists, teachers, pharmacists, veterinarians, physical therapists, physician assistants, research scientists, ecologists, and more.

#1

Biology program among Christian universities

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. Our Biology Majors have a placement rate of at least 95% within 6 months of graduation.

Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society

After the first year, students that maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher will be invited to join the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. Tri-Beta members can apply for research grants and participate in the Tri-Beta national meeting.

Expert faculty

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Learn from award-winning faculty who actually care about you. Our faculty create an approachable community that seeks to transform our students through mentorship.

>80%

acceptance rate into medical school

Our Faculty

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    Kyle Brawner

    Assistant Professor

    Kyle Brawner joined the Lipscomb Biology Department in August 2020 as an assistant professor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Lipscomb in 2012 and his Ph.D....

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  • Beth Conway headshot

    Beth Conway

    Prof of Bio & Assoc Chair

    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 headshot

    Phil Choate

    Adjunct Faculty

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  • Brian Ellis headshot

    Brian Ellis

    Associate Professor

    After completing my Ph.D. studying viral delivery systems for carrying targeted gene therapy components in the lab of Matt Porteus (now at Stanford), I went on to do postdoctoral research...

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  • Hannah King headshot

    Hannah King

    Instructor & Research Lab Coordinator

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  • Jill Kirby headshot

    Jill Kirby

    Associate 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

    Assistant Professor

    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

    Ass. Prov. Und. Aca. Aff

    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...

    Meet Florah Mhlanga
  • Bonny Millimaki headshot

    Bonny Millimaki

    Professor

    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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  • Joshua Owens headshot

    Josh Owens

    Assistant Professor

    Josh Owens was raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Following a family legacy, Josh attended Lipscomb where he majored in Molecular Biology and graduated in 2016. After Lipscomb, Josh attended Emory University...

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  • Holly Spencer headshot

    Holly Spencer

    Instructor and Graduate Program Assistant

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    Jeff Todd

    Professor of Practice

    Jeff Todd is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. He receives his bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in...

    Meet Jeff Todd
  • Amanda Williams headshot

    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...

    Meet Amanda Williams