The biology department at Calvin offers a number of majors, minors, and pre-professional programs. Whether you’re planning on going to medical school, working for a pharmaceutical company, or shaping environmental policy in Washington, D.C., we have courses to suit your vocational goals.
Biology Major (BA)
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 how to think about the world from a biological perspective.
Biology Major (BS)
Calvin’s bachelor of science in biology places a strong emphasis on research. This is the ideal program if you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in biology, medicine, or scientific research. The program provides a broad foundation in the field of biology, then offers courses in many sub-fields so you can tailor the program to your specific interests.
Calvin’s connections with the local, national and global scientific community open up tremendous experiential learning opportunities for you. Research facilities and equipment, funded in part by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, offer you the tools you need to excel in this field.
Biology Major (BS) - Neuroscience Concentration
The neuroscience concentration in biology provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of neuroscience, integrating knowledge of the biological sciences with subject areas as diverse as psychology, chemistry/biochemistry, physics, computer science, and philosophy.
Environmental Science Major—Biology Emphasis
Develop a deeper understanding of how creation works and the diverse impact a growing human population is having on the world that sustains it—then learn how to do something about it.
Biology Secondary Education Major
Calvin’s biology minor (19-20 semester hours) includes five electives, one of which can be fulfilled by completing an approved laboratory interim course.
Integrative Biotechnology Minor
Biotechnology is a field that is seeing tremendous job growth as healthcare, industrial and agricultural sectors seek innovative solutions to meet consumer demands. As a biotechnologist, you will manipulate genes and cells to design products and methods that are useful and beneficial. Consider this interdisciplinary minor as a complement to other science-related majors to prepare for careers in this growing field. In this program, you will take courses in chemistry, biology and computer science to gain the technical expertise and critical thinking skills needed to use biotechnology well. By gaining hands-on experience with DNA analyses, cell culture, bioinformatics, gene cloning and making transgenic organisms.
Biology Secondary Education Minor