The Department of Biology offers courses designed to give students a broad foundation in the principles of biology and a familiarity with current questions in specific subdisciplines of biology. The approach taken by the department is to help students understand scientific methods and the key scientific facts, concepts, and theories of life processes, while emphasizing harmony with a Biblically-based worldview.
In cooperation with other departments in the Division of Natural Science, the Biology Department offers pre-professional training for students interested in a wide variety of health-related careers such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistance, and public health. A major in Biology is also excellent preparation for graduate training in many specialized areas of biology.
Graduates of the Biology Department may look forward to careers in a number of fields, including teaching, research, bioethics, biotechnology, field biology/naturalist area, camp and recreation, missions, and government service. A degree in Biology can also be combined with a minor in Education to prepare for alternative secondary teaching certification. Finally, the Department of Biology offers courses that fulfill the Life Sciences and Global Studies components of the university Core Curriculum.