Biology (BS)

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Degree Overview

Let’s say you want to be a doctor—or maybe a scientific researcher. What kinds of experiences do you want to have as an undergrad? How do you imagine those important four years unfolding?

Here’s what your bachelor of science degree will look like at Calvin: standing at a lab table beside experienced PhDs, researching topics like HIV, multiple sclerosis, and rare diseases. Asking those PhDs—your Christian professors and mentors—for guidance on your career path and help navigating the scientific community as a believer.

And that’s just the beginning. Calvin’s connections with the local and global scientific community will open plenty of opportunities for you. Our reputable pre-med program and student supports will help you determine—and then achieve—your career goals. Our grads excel as graduate students, physicians, and epidemiologists, and so will you.

Program Distinctives

Serious about faith - Christianity doesn't limit our view of the natural world, it enhances it. Our program integrates rigorous academics with a Christian purpose. We see biology as a way to improve lives and serve your community.
Personal support - Our professors know their fields, and they work to get to know you. They’ll partner with you in research, share a meal, introduce you to opportunities, and help you apply to graduate school.
A large medical community - Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile offers extensive internship opportunities and clinical experiences. Calvin’s reputation and your professor’s connections will open the door for you.

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