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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. 




Biology program among Christian Universities

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.

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

  • John Lewis

    John Lewis

    Associate Professor

    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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  • Phil Choate

    Phil Choate


    No stranger to the Lipscomb University campus, Garner Goode (’08 & ’11) joined the Office of Alumni Relations in September 2017 as director of alumni engagement. His role will focus on enhancing engagement between alumni and the university.

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  • Bonny Millimaki

    Bonny Millimaki

    Associate 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 2003....

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  • Junior High

    Junior High

    Chair, Undergraduate Education

    Junior High graduated from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) in June 1970.  He was employed that year as a middle school teacher at Head School in Nashville, Tenn.  After 11...

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  • Tamera Klingbyll

    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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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.