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.
Creation: A community investment
A $500,000 grant from the Towsley Foundation will support the efforts of Calvin's ecosystem preserve and Bunker center.
News & Stories, May 28, 2015
Calvin remembers Hessel “Bud” Bouma
Biology professor Hessel “Bud” Bouma III is remembered for his dedication to the college, to his discipline and most importantly to his students.
News & Stories, May 5, 2015
Calvin College and Lions Club partner in shared vision
A partnership between Calvin College pre-med faculty and students and the Lions Club of Grand Rapids is helping bring fresh sight to children in Mexico.
News & Stories, February 19, 2015
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.
News & Stories, November 19, 2014
Be a Phage Hunter
You can't Google this stuff!
VERGE, Winter 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.
News & Stories, 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.
News & Stories, 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.
News & Stories, 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.
News & Stories, August 26, 2014