Satisfy your curiosity about complex living systems.

The Biology Department challenges the intellectual curiosity of students by emphasizing the complexity and interrelatedness of life systems revealed through the unifying law of evolution

The program provides a broad biological background for both the non-science major and the future biologist. Classroom and laboratory experiences are complemented by off-campus opportunities designed to prepare students for professional and graduate programs.

The Biology Department has a particularly strong curriculum for students interested in health-related fields. As well as a traditional pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary curriculum, the department is involved in an interdisciplinary environmental science program with several other science departments, so students interested in ecology and organismal biology will find opportunities for study in those fields. The department also administers a neuroscience program. Because Centenary allows students to design their own interdisciplinary major in consultation with faculty members, anyone interested in life sciences will find many educational opportunities at the College.

Allied Health Fields

These programs are designed to allow students to major in any department while pursuing preparatory courses for graduate study in Health Administration, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant.


The science of BioChemistry seeks to understand the processes of biological systems in chemical terms.


The neuroscience program seeks to understand the nervous systems of human and nonhuman animals. It spans scientific specialties from molecule to mind.


Over the past five years, our pre-med program has a 90% medical school acceptance rate! Our science courses are rigorous and require the development of advanced reasoning skills to prepare students for the rigor of medical school.

Contact Info

Dr. Scott Chirhart

Department Chair