Biology

Major/Minor

As a biology student, you will work closely with your professors and classmates. Small lab and class sizes allow for hands-on activities, collaborative projects, and enhanced individual instruction. Your time here will not only provide you with an advanced understanding of how biological organisms work, but also encourage you to integrate your faith with your study of biology.

In this program, you will . . .

  • study the functions of living things through genetics, chemistry, ecology, cellular biology, and molecular biology courses
  • apply the scientific process in independent projects, class activities, and inquiry-driven labs
  • use state-of-the-art lab equipment in cell biology and genetics, developmental biology, and molecular biology labs

Apply what you learn:

  • Participate in a field study program and practice science on location in . . .
    • Cuenca, Ecuador
    • Blacks Hills of South Dakota
    • Michigan and the Pacific Northwest
  • Complete a biology practicum or assist biology faculty with their research in areas such as:
    • Drosophila developmental biology
    • microscopy
    • expression of taste receptors in bone cells
  • Serve as a teaching assistant for biology labs

Biology majors can choose from several degree options:

  • Bachelor of Arts: If you're interested in biology, but would like flexibility to pursue minors in other areas, consider the Bachelor of Arts. Foreign language required.
  • Bachelor of Science: Providing a deeper immersion in biology and related sciences, the Bachelor of Science provides strong scientific grounding for the biology student who's dedicated to a career in science.
  • The Bachelor of Science with Systems joins Bachelor of Arts requirements with the Systems curriculum.

Biology with Pre-Medicine Concentration, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science:

Prepare for medical, veterinary, or dentistry school by studying biology pre-medicine. You will . . . 

  • build a strong scientific foundation in chemistry, physics, and mathematics
  • select advanced courses to prepare for your future graduate studies

Students who choose the pre-medicine track must apply to the program during the spring semester of their sophomore year and maintain a 3.6 GPA. A strong MCAT score is necessary for acceptance into medical school.