The biology major is designed to provide students with a versatile, broad-based degree that emphasizes microbiologycell and molecular biology, genetics, and biological systems. Students with this degree pursue careers in industry or research in a variety of different settings.

Program Outcomes:

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology will be able to:

  •  compare favorably in knowledge of the field with those students completing similar programs.
  •  demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  •  demonstrate that they can critically analyze bioethical issues from a  Christian worldview.
Core Classes:
BIO 111General Biology May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
BIO 112Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
BIO 310Microbiology4
BIO 315Genetics4
BIO 340Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 341Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 400Origins and Evolution3
BIO 410Biology Seminar1
BIO 420Cell and Molecular Biology4
Select one3
Introduction to Bioethics May be used to fulfill a general education requirement
Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
CH 111General Chemistry I May be used to fulfill a general education requirement4
CH 112General Chemistry II4
CH 211Organic Chemistry I4
CH 212Organic Chemistry II4
Select one professional experience:1-4
Scientific Applications Professional Experience
Advanced Scientific Applications Professional Experience
Undergraduate Research
Scientific Applications Professional Experience
Advanced Scientific Applications Professional Experience
Undergraduate Research
Professional Rotation in Health Sciences
Required emphasis (select one from the three, below)4-8
Total Hours56-63

All biology majors must choose at least one emphasis:  Biological Science, Pre-Medical, or Pre-Physician Assistant

Biological Science Emphasis

The biological science emphasis is designed to provide students with a versatile, broad-based degree that emphasizes microbiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and biological systems.  Students with this degree and emphasis can pursue careers in industry or research in a variety of different settings.  

Required Courses
BIO 470Undergraduate Research1-4
or BIO 406 Advanced Scientific Applications Professional Experience
MA 321Mathematical Statistics I3-4
or MA 285X Statistics
or MA 280X Introductory Statistics
Highly Recommended Courses:
Topics in Bioethics
Undergraduate National Conference
Research Ethics
Biochemistry
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
General Physics I
General Physics II
Total Hours4-8

Pre-Medical Emphasis

The biology major with a pre-medical emphasis is designed to provide students interested in medical school, graduate school, or a variety of health professions with the rigorous scientific background necessary to prepare them for entrance into their chosen field, combined with a strong grounding in bioethics and a liberal arts education from a Christian viewpoint.   

Required Courses:
PHY 111General Physics I4
PHY 112General Physics II4
Highly Recommended Courses:
Topics in Bioethics
Undergraduate National Conference
Biochemistry
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Developmental Psychology
Total Hours8

Pre-Physician Assistant Emphasis

This emphasis has been designed to combine a solid theoretical foundation in the sciences with clinical education experiences to prepare students for admission into post-graduate professional physician assistant programs.  

Required Courses:
CH 320Biochemistry3
MA 285XStatistics3-4
or MA 280X Introductory Statistics
Highly Recommended Courses:
Medical Terminology
Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training
Professional Rotation in Health Sciences
Psychology of Adolescence
Recommended Courses:
Speech
Business Communication
Abnormal Psychology
Total Hours6-7