At Calvin, we explore things—all things. We don’t mind getting our hands dirty as we use every tool God has given us to study, serve, and sustain God's creation.
- As a student, you will have opportunities to partner with experienced professors to do research on real-world problems.
- Enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, much of it funded by grants from institutions such as the National Science Foundation.
- Choose from academic programs that are on the leading edge of a nationwide reform movement in undergraduate biology education.
- Study with professors who are committed Reformed Christians and scientists; they teach every class the biology department offers and are accessible to students for advising.
Explore Biology at Calvin
Majors, Minors and Programs
Explore biology majors, the environmental science (biology emphasis) major, integrative biotechnology minor and more.
Explore the biology department's extensive research programs, funded by over $6 million in grants from organizations like the National Science Foundation.
Want to do real research in your first year at Calvin? Apply by March 25, 2018 for a spot in this hands-on biology course sequence.
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Calvin remembers John Beebe
John Beebe is remembered for his passion for plants and people. Beebe served on the biology faculty of Calvin College for 37 years.
News & Stories, October 29, 2018
Investigating humanity's ecological impact at Flat Iron Lake
Student researchers and biology professors spent their summer at Flat Iron Lake Nature Preserve studying how noise pollution affects bluebirds and how climate change affects native prairie plant species.
News & Stories, August 24, 2018
Measuring Plaster Creek's progress in microbes
As part of the Plaster Creek Stewards, Prof. Kelly DuBois and three student researchers are assessing how Kreiser pond is affecting the microbial contamination of the Plaster Creek watershed.
News & Stories, July 2, 2018
Finding answers and building network for rare disease community
Calvin profs Rachael Baker and Amy Wilstermann are working with a team of student researchers examining the function of a protein involved in several rare diseases and building a web platform for the rare disease community.
News & Stories, June 13, 2018
Calvin remembers Gordon Van Harn
Gordon Van Harn served his alma mater faithfully for nearly 40 years. He's remembered as someone who was committed to the integration of faith and learning and to the development of his colleagues and students.
News & Stories, April 5, 2018
Symposium creates community for those affected by rare disease
On March 3, 2018, Calvin College will host the first Rare Disease Symposium, providing an opportunity to learn about current research efforts in rare diseases that affect members of the local community and to hear from local patients and their families about living with rare diseases.
News & Stories, February 13, 2018
Creation Care: Rooted in Who We Are, What We Do
Biology prof Dave Warners '85 on how Reformed theology shapes creation care at Calvin
Spark, December 01, 2017
Calvin students present research at Midwest Enzyme Conference
In fall 2017, five Calvin students presented their research at the Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference at Loyola University Chicago.
News & Stories, November 3, 2017
Ecosystem Preserve expands, adds a new avenue for adventure
Calvin added four more acres to the public portion of its Ecosystem Preserve. The added land includes interesting ecological features and a new trail which will be open to visitors in fall 2017.
News & Stories, October 23, 2017
Alum's Fulbright focuses on conservation in Nicaragua
Interest in biology and faith-based missions help research
Spark, September 01, 2017
Making Cancer Real
Honors course offers students an empathetic, collaborative view
Spark, March 01, 2017
Exploring the national park between the U.S. and Mexico
Spark, September 15, 2016
Grants to advance Plaster Creek effort
Funds support education, research and restoration
Spark, September 15, 2016
Be a Phage Hunter
You can't Google this stuff!
VERGE, Winter 2014