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 about how to think about the world from a biological perspective.

  • Take four introductory courses to give you a broad base in biology.
  • Choose four upper level courses to fit your specific interests in the field of biology.
  • Have the opportunity to complete a second major.
  • Take a capstone course to explore what it means to be both a Christian and a scientist.

Course requirements (2016-17)

(35 semester hours)

  • BIOL-160 Ecological & Evolutionary Systems
  • BIOL-161 Cellular & Genetic Systems
  • BIOL-230 Physiological Systems
  • BIOL-250 Research Design & Methodology
  • BIOL-295 Biology Seminar (taken twice, one concurrently with BIOL-250)
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  • Completion of an externally-normed test ( for example the biology major field test)


(15-17 semester hours)

Honors: You must complete three courses in biology with honors, submit an honors thesis, and earn a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major to satisfy the college’s honors program.

  1. From the biology major’s required courses, one will normally be the honors section of 160 or 161. Alternatively, this requirement could be met by contracting with an instructor for honors credit in BIOL 141 or 230.

  2. Two honors courses must be taken from courses numbered 313-364 (excluding 354), the details of which will be worked out by the student and instructor at registration for the courses.


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