Biology at Calvin College
At Calvin College, we explore things—all things, in fact. We don’t mind getting our hands dirty either, as we use every tool God has given us to study, serve and sustain God's creation.
Program highlights include:
- As a student, you will have opportunities to partner with experienced professors to do research on real-world problems.
- Have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, much of which is funded by grants from institutions such as the National Science Foundation.
- Choose from academic programs that are on the leading edge of a nationwide reform movement in undergraduate biology education.
- Study with professors who are committed Reformed Christians and scientists; they teach every class the biology department offers and are accessible to students for advising.
Explore Biology at Calvin
Majors, Minors and Programs
Explore biology majors, the environmental science (biology emphasis) major, integrative biotechnology minor and more.
Explore the biology department's extensive research programs, funded by over $6 million in grants from organizations like the National Science Foundation.
Want to do real research in your first year at Calvin? Apply by March 15, 2015 for a spot in this hands-on biology course sequence.
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Partnering to create cancer education curriculum for kids
Biology professor Amy Wilstermann, her students and local health professionals have teamed up to develop a curriculum that helps explain cancer to kids. November 19,2014
Plaster Creek Stewards receive $1.1 million grant
A group working to restore Michigan's most contaminated watershed recently received its largest grant to date. October 9,2014
Calvin students track trees in the Ecosystem Preserve
Every five years a team of students and professors survey the 3-4,000 trees in the college's Ecosystem Preserve, recording each tree’s location, type, diameter, health and height. September 17,2014
U.S. News recognizes Calvin College for its undergraduate research
Calvin is on a short list of institutions that U.S. News & World Report highlights as outstanding examples of undergraduate research and creative projects. September 9,2014
Calvin biology professor receives grant to study ants’ guts
John Wertz has spent his career studying “good” bacteria and was recently awarded $479,000 from the National Science Foundation to continue his research. August 26,2014
We Are Calvin: Lauren Merz
This summer, Lauren Merz worked in a lab at the University of Michigan researching post-exercise fatigue in muscular dystrophy patients. August 8,2014
We Are Calvin: Thuy-Nhi Nguyen
Thuy-Nhi Nguyen is spending this summer studying songbirds at the Au Sable Institute in northern Michigan. August 7,2014
Calvin students showcase their summer research projects
On Wednesday, July 23, student researchers in Calvin's science departments gave the public a glimpse of their work during an inaugural science research open house. August 6,2014
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