The biology department at Calvin offers a number of majors, minors and pre-professional programs. Whether you’re planning on going to medical school, working for a pharmaceutical company or shaping environmental policy in Washington, D.C., we have courses to suit your vocational goals.
Biology Major (BA)
Calvin’s bachelor of arts in biology major places less emphasis on research, allowing you to combine the program with other majors like psychology, business, international development studies or education. As a biology student at Calvin, you will explore what it means to be a Christian scientist, take a wide variety of courses, ranging from immunology to anatomy to cellular biology, and learn about how to think about the world from a biological perspective.
Biology Major (BS)
Calvin’s bachelor of science in biology places a strong emphasis on research. This is the ideal program if you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in biology, medicine or scientific research. The program gives you a broad foundation in the field of biology and then offers courses in many sub-fields so you can tailor the program to your specific interests.
Calvin’s connections with the local, national and global scientific community open up tremendous experiential learning opportunities for you. Research facilities and equipment, funded in part by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, offer you the tools you need to excel in this field.
Biology Major (BS) - Neuroscience Concentration
The neuroscience concentration in biology seeks to provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of neuroscience, giving them a deep understanding of the biological sciences and integrating this knowledge with subject areas as diverse as psychology, chemistry/biochemistry, physics, computer science, and philosophy. This training prepares students for graduate school in neuroscience and professional fields (e.g., medicine, dentistry, clinical psychology, veterinary medicine, physical therapy), as well as careers in biotechnology firms, government laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, education, law, and business.
Environmental Science Major - Biology Emphasis
Develop a deeper understanding of how creation works and the diverse impact the growing human population is having on the world that sustains it—then learn how to do something about it. In this interdisciplinary 61-63 credit hour bachelor of science program, you'll take courses in biology, chemistry, geology and mathematics to gain an understanding of how you can responsibly carry out your role as a steward of God's creation. You will also take courses that study environmental impacts, policy and ethics. These classes are specifically designed to develop a Christian philosophy of environmental management. In this program, you can choose an emphasis in either biology, chemistry or geology, depending on your career goals.
Secondary Education - Biology Major (BA)
This 31-credit major, combined with courses in the education department, can certify you to teach biology in the secondary setting. The National Science Teachers Association recommends that to prepare for teaching in biology, you should study zoology, botany, physiology, genetics, ecology, microbiology, cell biology/biochemistry, and evolution. A minor in physical science is recommended.
Calvin’s biology minor (19-20 semester hours) includes five electives, one of which can be fulfilled by completing an approved laboratory interim course.
Integrative Biotechnology Minor
Biotechnology is a field that is seeing tremendous job growth as healthcare, industrial and agricultural sectors seek innovative solutions to meet consumer demands. As a biotechnologist, you will manipulate genes and cells to design products and methods that are useful and beneficial. Consider this interdisciplinary minor as a complement to other science-related majors to prepare for careers in this growing field. In this program, you will take courses in chemistry, biology and computer science to gain the technical expertise and critical thinking skills needed to use biotechnology well. By gaining hands-on experience with DNA analyses, cell culture, bioinformatics, gene cloning and making transgenic organisms.
Secondary Education - Biology Minor
This 29-credit minor, combined with courses in the education department, can certify you to teach Biology in the secondary setting.