- The bachelor of science in biology provides you with an excellent preparation for graduate or professional schools and is divided into a three-tier curriculum. The foundation includes a freshman biology seminar, and courses in cell and molecular biology, zoology, ecology, and botany. Six biology electives allow you to explore your areas of interest. The program is capped by a senior-directed research project, which you will develop, perform, and present. The major includes five cognate support courses in chemistry, mathematics, and/or statistics.
- The bachelor of arts in biology has the same core and exploration options as the bachelor of science but has fewer chemistry cognate requirements and does not include a senior-directed research project. This option provides flexibility for students to take courses in other areas.
- Students interested in a minor in biology have two options. The general minor includes the core courses (except for the freshman seminar) and two chemistry courses. The biomedical sciences minor is for students in other majors who are interested in a career in the health professions and includes courses that are connected to human biology.
- The medical technology degree, an option leading to certification by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, is a program that involves three years at Dordt, followed by a year of clinical education at an approved school of medical technology.
- A biology education major is available to both elementary and secondary education majors. Students preparing for the K-6 classroom will major in education, usually taking from four to 12 courses in biology and other sciences. To teach on the secondary level, you will double-major in biology and in secondary education.
- Many pre-med students major in biology. Dordt’s acceptance rate for biology majors into medical schools and graduate schools is very high; four out of five biology majors who apply are accepted (the national average is one in three). The biology major is also a popular choice for students interested in pre-professional programs for veterinary medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, and physical therapy.
- Environmental studies, a closely-related major, is an interdisciplinary program involving courses from the biology, chemistry, economics, philosophy, and political science departments, plus six electives.
- Off-campus opportunities: You can study off-campus through Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, which offers summer courses and field work in Michigan, Washington, and South India, or the Creation Care Program in Belize or the South Pacific. You may also be able to benefit from internship liaisons we have established with several research agencies and laboratories.