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.
Course Requirements 2014-2015
Take four introductory courses to vie you a broad base in biology.
Choose four upper level courses to fit your specific interests in the field of biology.
Have the opportunity to complete a second major.
Take a capstone course to explore what it means to be both a Christian and a scientist.
Course requirements (2014-15)
(35 semester hours)
- BIOL-123 The Living World: Concepts & Connections
- BIOL-224 Cellular & Genetic Systems
- BIOL-225 Ecological & Evolutionary Systems
- BIOL-250 Research Design & Methodology
- BIOL-295 Biology Seminar (taken twice, one concurrently with BIOL-250)
- Four from:
- BIOL-311 Field Botany
- BIOL-313 Paleontology
- BIOL-321 Genetics and Development
- BIOL-323 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
- BIOL-325 Biotechnology
- BIOL-331 Comparative Animal Physiology
- BIOL-332 Plant Physiology
- BIOL-333 Immunology and Hematology
- BIOL-335 Cell Physiology
- BIOL-336 General Microbiology
- BIOL-338 Animal Behavior
- BIOL-341 Entomology
- BIOL-344 Vertebrate Biology
- BIOL-345 Ecosystem Ecology and Management
- BIOL-346 Plant Taxonomy
- BIOL-364 Global Health, Environment, & Sustainability
- BIOL-385 Internship in Biology
- BIOL-390 Independent Study
- BIOL-399 Undergraduate Research
- CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
- An approved interim, three of which must have a laboratory component (Chemistry 383 fulfills the laboratory component for Chemistry 324)
- One from:
- Completion of an externally-normed test ( for example the biology major field test)
Cognates(15-17 semester hours)
- CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
- CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
- MATH-145 Biostatistics
- One from:
Honors: You must complete three courses in biology with honors, submit an honors thesis, and earn a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major to satisfy the college’s honors program.
The honors section of 123 The Living World: Concepts and Connections.
Two honors courses must be taken from courses numbered 313-364 (excluding 354), the details of which will be worked out by the student and instructor at registration for the courses.
- Course code: