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Bioscience and Philosophy

Program Overview

Program Overview

Investigate the workings of the natural world, building a deeper understanding of bioscience and a deeper appreciation for the processes of life. Assess the theoretical implications of the field from a philosophical perspective while remaining grounded in scientific knowledge.

Explore the complex relationships between ethics and biology. You’ll debate about subjects like informed consent, medical confidentiality, and allocation of resources, as well as hot topics like euthanasia and abortion. Consider the set of moral principles that medical professionals are faced with every day. 

You’ll work with the best and brightest of our biology, chemistry and philosophy faculty to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the history, psychology, theory and science that revolves around the field of bioscience, specifically as it relates to health and medicine. Emerge from the program as a conscientious, informed researcher or scientist.



Biology Core*

  • BY 1134 - Principles of Biology: Cell and Genetics
  • BY 1144 - Principles of Biology: Diversity and Ecology
  • BY 2114 - Cell Biology
  • BY 3114 - Genetics
  • BY 3333 - Molecular Basis of Human Disease
  • BY 4802 - Capstone Course

Biology Electives: choose three of the following

  • BY 3214 - Microbiology
  • BY 3223 - Virology
  • BY 3323 - Immunology
  • BY 3514 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BY 3524 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BY 4014 - Molecular Biology
  • BY 4023 - Cancer Biology
  • BY 4213 - Developmental Genetics
  • BY 4323 - Histology
  • BY 460V - Special Topics in Biology**

Philosophy Core *

  • LUHP 2003 - Great Ideas in Philosophy --or-- PL 1003 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PL 2013 - Logic
  • PL 3433 - Ethical Theory
  • LUEG 3083 - Faith, Ethics, & Healthcare --or-- PL 3533 - Biomedical Ethics

Philosophy Elective: Choose one of the following

  • PL 3213 - Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
  • PL 3223 - Modern Philosophy
  • PL 4013 - Philosophy of Religion


  • PS 1113 - Introduction to Psychology

    And one course selected from:
  • PS 2423 - Life Span Development
  • PS 3413 - Social Psychology
  • PS 3453 - Death and Dying
  • PS 4523 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PS 4543 - Biological Psychology


  • CM 1113 - General Chemistry I
  • CM 1123 - General Chemistry II
  • CM 1211 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CM 1221 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CM 2113 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CM 2123 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CM 2211 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CM 2221 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Physics ***

  • PH 1214 - Elementary College Physics I
  • PH 1224 - Elementary College Physics II


* A minimum grade of "C" in each of the core courses is required
** Variable credit courses used to satisfy the major elective requirement must be 2 credit hours or above and are subject to approval by the academic chair of Biology.
**** Students may substitute Physics 2414 and 2424 in place of Physics 1241 and 1224.

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.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

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.

Our Faculty

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    J. Caleb Clanton

    Distinguished University Chair in Philosophy and Humanities

    J. Caleb Clanton is the Distinguished University Chair in Philosophy and Humanities and has served as the head of the philosophy program at Lipscomb University since 2012. He taught previously...

    Meet J. Caleb Clanton
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    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...

    Meet John Lewis
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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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Career Paths

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