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Academics: Biology Major - B.S.

B.S. in biology

Spend your college career exploring the contours and functions of living organisms and find yourself equipped to handle some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.

Students in biology labProgram overview
  • Take four introductory courses to give you a broad base in biology.
  • Choose upper level courses to fit your specific interests in the field of biology.
  • Participate in a 300-level research course
  • Take a capstone course to explore what it means to be both a Christian and a scientist.
Program requirements

Biology Foundation – required for all majors

123 The Living World: Concepts and Connections
224 Cellular and Genetic Systems
225 Ecological and Evolutionary Systems

Introductory Research

250 Research Design and Methodology (take concurrently with BIOL 295)

Seminar Course – complete two semesters of this course

295 Biology Seminar

Upper level Biology

Four from BIOL 3XX, three of which must have a laboratory component (students may include an approved interim as one of these four 3XX courses)
311 Field Botany
313 Paleontology
321 Genetics and Development
323 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
324 Molecular Biology
325 Biotechnology
331 Comparative Animal Physiology
332 Plant Physiology
333 Immunology
334 Cell and Tissue Culture
335 Cell Biology
336 General Microbiology
338 Animal Behavior
341 Entomology
344 Vertebrate Biology
345 Ecosystem Ecology and Management
346 Plant Taxonomy
364 Global health, Environment and Sustainability
383 Laboratory in Biochemistry

Advanced Research

385 Internship in Biology, 399 Undergraduate Research, or 354 Investigations

Capstone Courses – complete one course

394 Perspectives in Biotechnology
395 Perspectives in Biology
396 Perspectives in Medicine

Completion of a Major Field Test in biology

Chemistry Cognates

CHEM 103-104
CHEM 253 (or 261 and 262)

Quantitative Cognates

MATH 143
Two courses from:
MATH 132, MATH 171, CS 106, PHYS 221-222
IS 141 (recommended for those who do not take CS 106)

Interdisciplinary Cognate

1 course: Computer Science 106 (if not taken as a quantitative cognate), Chemistry 262, 271, 303, 304, 323, 329, Geology 151, 311, Psychology 333, Physics 223,  or a biophysics interim



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Did you know?

A recent biology graduate is studying international law at Harvard and is planning to work on food and human justice cases.

57% of our majors participate in on- or off-campus research.

Our faculty are committed Christians who integrate their faith with their scientific endeavors