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Biology Major/Minor

Exploring God’s Living World

From electrons to ecosystems, scientific discovery will be at your fingertips in one of Indiana’s premier Christian Biology programs. Not only will you gain an advanced understanding of how biological organisms work, but you will be encouraged to relate your faith to the study of biology and prepare for a biology career.

The Building Blocks of a Biology Major

You will learn and apply various scientific principles throughout your Biology classes and labs, including explorations in chemistry, ecology, and genetics, as well as developmental, cell, and molecular biology. From your first Biology lab to your last, you will be working with Euler Science Complex’s graduate-level equipment. Small lab and class sizes allow students to work both individually and collaboratively with state-of-the-art technology in Euler’s comparative anatomy and microbiology lab, cell biology and molecular genetics lab, cell culture room, and large greenhouse.

Outside of the classroom and laboratory, you will have numerous opportunities to get involved in real-world experience. Practice science on location in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Michigan, the Pacific Northwest, or Cuenca, Ecuador in field study programs. You will also participate in practicums and assist professors in research surrounding microscopy, bone cells, and the developmental biology of the fruit fly.

Biology Pre-Med Major - A Future Career in Health Science

Biology students pursuing careers in health science can choose between two rigorous education paths.

The more traditional route leads students to declare a Biology Pre-Med major and enter into Taylor’s Pre-Medical program. This program will prepare you to be strong contender for acceptance into the country’s leading medical, dentistry, and veterinary schools—ultimately leading you toward a career as physician (MD, DO), dentist (DDS), or veterinarian (DVM). Graduates of Taylor’s Pre-Med program have attended elite professional and medical schools, such as the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cincinnati, and others.

The second path, Biology’s Allied Health track, focuses on directing students toward non-pre-med careers in the health field. With advising from Biology professors and Taylor’s Health Professions Coordinator, you can choose the best courses that will fulfill the pre-requisites and prepare you for the graduate school of your choice, whether you’re interested in becoming a physician assistant (pre-PA) or a nurse practitioner, or studying physical therapy (pre-PT), occupational therapy (pre-OT), optometry, pharmacy, or genetic counseling.

*All health science career paths require an additional graduate program in health science after receiving your Biology Bachelor’s degree.

Minor in Biology

Strengthen your knowledge and understanding of organisms’ biological functions with a Biology minor. Encounter a broad base of biological knowledge and explore how ecology and genetics influence Creation’s behavior. This minor is available to all students not majoring in Biology.

Biology Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Interested in Chemistry?
Are you interested in chemistry as well as biology? Taylor’s Biochemistry major may be what you are looking for.

Interested in Engineering and Allied Health?
Taylor’s Biomedical Engineering concentration allows students to explore how engineering and technology cross with biology in the healthcare field.

Contact the Biology Department

Jan Reber, Department Chair & Professor of Biology and Allied Health Advisor

Charity Bailey, Assistant to the School of Natural & Applied Sciences

Special Programs
  • Health Professions Advising

    Receive assistance toward entering a health-related profession that requires professional- or graduate-level training in the medical sciences. Taylor’s Health Science Coordinator advises students and helps them practice entrance exams and interviews. Learn More

  • Pre-Med Curriculum

    Prepare yourself for medical school by taking this series of pre-requisite MCAT courses. Add the Pre-Med curriculum to any degree. Learn More

  • Systems Curriculum

    Giving you a competitive edge, Systems is an interdisciplinary program created to complement many degrees and strengthen analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills. Learn More

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