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As a child, you wanted a stethoscope, syringe, and bandages for your birthday so you could spend hours taking care of “sick” teddy bears, dolls, family pets, siblings, and grandparents. In middle and high school, you probably diagnosed your friends with every possible illness or health problem after looking up their symptoms online. And today, you know you have a special, passionate desire to help those in need of care, whether they’re infants or seniors.

If this sounds like you, then the biology and nursing dual degree program at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU’s Biology Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career that will lead you to becoming a practicing registered nurse (RN).


Major Description


As a biology major at NGU, you will spend much of your time taking broad, applicable coursework that spans the disciplines of human health, the diversity of organisms, human biology, and physiology. You will participate in faculty-led research with a student team; assist in teaching of labs (with an instructor present); practice lab and field activities to learn techniques and data analysis; and complete internships, when appropriate, to prepare you for your nursing specialty.

You will also learn about fundamental biological organization and structure, ranging from molecular and cellular to organism and ecosystem. You will concentrate your efforts on basic and advanced human anatomy, physiology, and pathology; the cell and molecular basis of metabolism, development, and immunology; biological interactions within the human body; and the practical application of biology, behavior, and management, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own future nursing profession.

The biology major, specifically, offers multiple opportunities for research, presentations, writing, volunteering, shadowing, and clinical teaching according to your individual interests. And like all biology majors, you’ll participate in a series of seminar courses, which culminate in projects that demonstrate, through written and oral communication, your scientific knowledge and skills.

Upon meeting the admissions criteria at NGU under the guidance of the coordinator for advanced programs, you will transfer to the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina (USC) Upstate after your third year at NGU. You will have a choice of either the Greenville or the Spartanburg campus.

After successful completion of your fourth year of education at Mary Black School of Nursing, you will earn your Bachelor of Science in Biology from NGU. Upon successful completion of your second year at Mary Black School of Nursing, you will earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

In only five years, you can receive a dual BS degree in both biology and nursing through this dual-degree program at NGU. This will lead to an increased opportunity to be more diversified in the clinical field and to be more competitive for advanced degrees as a nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, or other highly competitive nursing opportunities.

Ultimately, the biology and nursing dual degree program at NGU will provide you with a strong education based on a biblical worldview. This Christian perspective will prepare you for your pursuit of being a servant to those in need as you are further trained in the field of medicine at the Mary Black School of Nursing and beyond.




Biology can be intimidating to some students, depending on your high school experience with lab sciences. But the Biology Department at NGU excels at taking students from any level of scientific knowledge and moving quickly towards mastery of general concepts, as well as preparation for more specialized science courses as students progress through the curriculum.

Currently, NGU has approximately a 90 percent success rate in getting graduates into graduate programs of their choice, including MD, PA, PT, and RN degrees. The biology and nursing curriculum, specifically, is designed to prepare the pre-nursing student to be a successful, knowledgeable, and caring registered nurse.



The Biology Department faculty members at NGU offer a wide range of perspectives on how students trained in a Christian environment can serve the community through traditionally secular jobs, like medicine, natural resource management, animal care, or tech-based industries.

Investigating the natural world through a biblical perspective gives students insight into the rich variety of God’s creation. Our professors reveal the Architect of Life’s masterful design and prepare students for their careers with a solid understanding of biological principles. Our faculty members are committed to revealing God’s creation through a biblical perspective to help students understand the world was designed by a caring God.

Tracks / Concentrations


There are no tracks or concentration for this major available at this time.




At NGU, we offer minors to complement your major. Each minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours, which in some cases may even be used to meet the elective requirements for your major. View the full list of minors.




You will not take electives during the first three years of education at NGU. Instead, specific biological elective credits will be earned during the first year at Mary Black School of Nursing. In other words, the basic science courses that are required at Mary Black will be used as your biological electives for the BS degree at NGU.

This type of process will allow you to shorten your college career at NGU from four to only three years, while not decreasing the level of your biological education. It will also allow you to efficiently reduce your academic financial burden while you focus your efforts on your clinical training.


Career Opprtunities


These careers would be available to you after earning this dual degree:

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Diabetes Nurse
  • Dialysis Nurse
  • Emergency Nurse
  • Endocrinology, Infertility, or Pediatric Nurse
  • Flight Nurse
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Health Policy Nurse
  • Informatics Nurse
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Medical-Surgical Nurse
  • Newborn and Neonatal Nurse
  • Nurse Advocate
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Attorney
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Obstetrical Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Orthopedic Nurse
  • Pain Management Nurse
  • Paranesthesia Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Trauma Nurse
  • Travel Nurse

After you have worked for several years in a specific field of nursing, you can choose to become certified in your specialty field. This is accomplished through a nursing credentialing agency such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or National Certification Corporation (NCC). A few specialty nursing professions include these:

  • Ambulatory Care Nursing
  • Cardiac-Vascular Nursing
  • Faith Community Nursing
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Hemostasis Nursing
  • Informatics Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Neonatal Nursing
  • Nurse Executive
  • Nursing Case Management
  • Nursing Professional Development
  • Obstetrical Nursing
  • Pain Management Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Rheumatology Nursing



Postgraduate Studies


NGU graduates in this program will be qualified to enter any graduate school that offers an advanced nursing degree, such as these universities:

  • Clemson University (MSN, DNP)
  • East Carolina University School of Medicine (MSN)
  • Liberty University (MSN, DNP)
  • Medical College of Georgia (MSN, DNP, PhD)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (DNP, PhD)
  • Mercer University School of Medicine (DNP, MS in Nursing Anesthesia, PhD)
  • North Greenville University (MPA)
  • Rocky Vista Osteopathic School (DO)
  • The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • University of South Carolina (MSN, MPH, MHIT)
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine (MSN, FNP, PhD)

Potential Employers


  • Allergy Partners of the Foothills
  • Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital System
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Greenville Dialysis Center
  • Greenville Hospital System
  • Hospice of Greenville
  • Internal Medicine Associates (IMA) of Greenville
  • Mary Black Hospital System
  • Shriners Hospital for Children
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
  • Spartanburg Regional Hospital System


Learning Experience

Individual Research and Teaching Assistantship


Students can engage in mentored research with professors or gain experience in a lab as a teaching assistant.


Medical or Environmental Internships


Internships are an exciting way to explore a variety of career paths. Our clinical students have the option to earn course credit for shadowing experiences that make them strong applicants for professional programs like nursing school. Students have also interned with organizations including Greenville Zoo; Roper Mountain Science Center; and local, state, or federal agencies, private or public, that manage environmental quality.


Research and Presentations


The science faculty host a research symposium for students each semester. Students learn to present research through posters and presentations, and they may even get the chance to accompany faculty to regional or national meetings in their field of study.

Courses & Resources

Example Course Sequence

Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Advanced Algebra / Trigonometry (3 hours)
Principles of Biology (4 hours)
General Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
First Year Experience or Introduction to Honors (1 hour)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
Comparative Biology (4 hours)
Microsoft Office Applications (3 hours)
PSYC course (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment. 

Example Course Sequence


Probability and Statistics (3 hours)
ENGL 23XX course (3 hours)
History 1350 (3 hours)
Cell Biology (3 hours)
Introduction to Health Sciences (3 hours)
Intelligent Design (3 hours)
New Testament (3 hours)
Biochemistry for Nurses (3 hours)
Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours)
Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment.

Example Course Sequence


Junior Seminar (2 hours)
Embryology (4 hours)
ARTS/MUSC/THTR course (3 hours)
Nutrition in Wellness (3 hours)
Pathophysiology (4 hours)
Medical Terminology (3 hours)
Microbiology (4 hours)
Genetics (4 hours)
Human Growth and Development (3 hours)
Senior Seminar (2 hours)
CPR/Personal Safety (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment.



Upon meeting the admissions criteria at NGU under the guidance of the program coordinator, you will transfer to the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate after your third year at NGU to complete these courses:

Pharmacology* (3 hours)
Health Assessment* (3 hours)
Introduction to Professional Nursing* (3 hours)
Foundations of Nursing* (6 hours)
Foundations of Nursing Practicum* (0 hours)
Health Alterations 1*(6 hours)
Health Alterations Practicum* (0 hours)
Child Health Nursing* (5 hours)
Child Health Practicum* (0 hours)
Nursing of Childbearing Families and Women’s Health* (5 hours)
Nursing of Childbearing Families and Women’s Health Practicum* (0 hours)

NOTE: The asterisk denotes courses required at Mary Black to transfer to NGU for the completion of your biology degree.

Year 5


You will complete your final year of nursing classes at the Mary Black School of Nursing for the BSN degree.

Health Alterations II (6 hours)
Health Alterations II Practicum (0 hours)
Nursing Research (3 hours)
Leadership in Nursing Practice (3 hours)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (6 hours)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum (0 hours)
Health Alterations III (5 hours)
Health Alterations Practicum (0 hours)
Community Public Health Nursing (6 hours)
Community Public Health Nursing Practicum (0 hours)
Professional Nursing Issues (2 hours)
Senior Practicum in Professional Nursing (3 hours)


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