How can we use biology to: cure diseases, make food more nutritious, make farms more efficient? Studies in biotechnology will prepare you to address these problems and more.

Overview

Biotechnology is a field of applied science that equips you to work in a variety of biological and medical research settings.

As a biotechnology student at Calvin, you will:

  • have access to advanced instrumentation through labs and summer research
  • isolate DNA, denature proteins and grow cell cultures
  • prepare for a future career or graduate level work

Careers in Biotechnology

  • Cellular Biologist
  • Biomedical Research
  • Scientific Writing
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Molecular Biology Research
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Become a lab assistant in a biology laboratory course; join the Environmental Stewardship Coalition and the International Health and Development Club; work on ecosystem restoration projects

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By the numbers

85%
Biology students who participate in undergraduate research with a professor
$6 million
Research and technology grants awarded to the biology department since 2005
100%
Biology professors who have a PhD in their fields

Course Requirements 2013-14

Biotechnology major (BS)

(35-40 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)
  • BIOL-325 Biotechnology
  • BIOL-334 Cell and Tissue Culture
  • CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM-383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • BIOL-354 Biology Investigations Course
    • BIOL-385 Internship in Biology
    • BIOL-399 Undergraduate Research
    • A research contract in an advanced course (see department website for contract details)
  • One capstone course:
  • Completion of the biology major field test

Cognates (29-33 semester hours)

Biotechnology minor

(28-29 semester hours)

The biotechnology minor complements diverse majors, providing beneficial backgrounds for careers in bioinformatics, nanotechnology, patent law, bioethics, genetic counseling, writing/policy, and other emerging fields. Students considering this minor should contact the biotechnology advisor, D. Koetje.

The college?s course overlap policy requires 14 distinct courses between a student?s major and minor programs. Biology majors pursuing a biotechnology minor may only count Biology 123 and 224 (or 141) toward both programs. Biochemistry and chemistry majors may apply Chemistry 103 and 104 to both programs.

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Debra Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,800
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing biomedical science
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ann, Myrtle, Eunice, Faith and Marie Huizenga Scholarship for Women
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need required; interested in missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
NSF Scientific Computing Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000 to $8,000
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; US citizen; full-time student; demonstrate an interest in scientific computation and modeling
  • apply through the Integrated Science Research Institute
John and Louise Wagner/Vander Wagen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,250
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; intending to pursue a career in optometry or ophthalmology
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
West Michigan Optometric Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; intending to pursue a career in optometry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

Curtis Blankespoor

Curtis Blankespoor
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
DH 123
cblankes@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6498

Hessel Bouma

Hessel Bouma
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
DH 221
boum@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6401

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

David Dornbos

David Dornbos
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 205
dld9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8578

Keith Grasman

Keith Grasman
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 103
kag4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6024

Arlene Hoogewerf

Arlene Hoogewerf
Professor
department chair
Department of Biology
DH 105
ahoogewe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8668

David Koetje

David Koetje
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Larry Louters

Larry Louters
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 223
lout@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6493

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Ralph Stearley

Ralph Stearley
Professor
NH 071
rstearle@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6370

Peter Tigchelaar

Peter Tigchelaar
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 107
ptigch@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6346

John Ubels

John Ubels
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 213
jubels@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6219

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6497

Dave Warners

Dave Warners
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 125
dwarners@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6820

John Wertz

John Wertz
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DH 131
jwertz59@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7621

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Talk to us

Arlene Hoogewerf Arlene Hoogewerf
Department Chair
department chair
Department of Biology
DH 105
ahoogewe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8668

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