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The Biological Sciences department seeks to provide training in a Christian environment needed to prepare students for teaching careers, research, admission into medical and health professional schools, and graduate studies in biological sciences.

How intrigued are you about the science of life? Do you want to apply your faith and desire to help others to your future profession?  If you have a curiosity about humans, plants, animals, and all other forms of life, then a biology degree may be for you.

Majoring in biology gives you critical skills to succeed in any career. You will have communication skills, quantitative skills, and the ability to work independently and in a group. A bachelor’s degree in biology will prepare you for many careers in the health professions, teaching, biotechnology, research, and public service. Many of these fields are available to you with only a bachelor’s degree, though going onto graduate study in life sciences will open more exciting doors.

A Vanguard University degree in biology offers an experience vastly different from comparative degrees at other schools. At Vanguard, you will encounter faculty that care deeply about you as a person and about your future success. As you advance in your degree program, you will find class sizes that allow for personalized attention and engagement. Faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research, and undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to work on and learn from that same research. You will also find a close community of supportive peers and experience an education rooted within a Christ-centered worldview.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers the following degree options:

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

A minor in Biology is also offered. 

A Sampling of Biological Sciences Courses

Research Methods in Neurobiology

Techniques in Molecular Biology

Microbiology Laboratory

Program Highlights

A biology professor speaks to a group of students

Personalized Attention

Small class sizes and intentional faculty mentoring create a unique experience unlike other Biological Sciences programs.

Five students in white lab coats look at a human skeleton on the anatomage table

Renovated Lab Facilities

Vanguard has improved biotechnology, genetics/research, anatomy, and physiology labs that support innovative teaching and research. 

Two students and a professor gather to look at slides under a microscope

Faculty-Student Research

Students work with faculty mentors on empirical research projects and present their results on campus or at academic conferences.

A student poses in front of scientific lab equipment


Students can further develop their knowledge and skills and often apply them to help others through internships.

A biology professor instructs a student during an experiment, both wearing white lab coats and gloves

Program Design

Degree programs are designed to take you from populations to organisms, to cells, to molecules. This helps you to understand the phenomena of life.

Two students work in a greenhouse, one holding a water hose and the other holding a plant

God's Creation

Biology gives you a lens through which to wonder at the majesty of the natural world.

Build Your Career

Vanguard Biological Sciences graduates have a long history of successful careers and advanced study.

Recent alumni work for:

  • Vanguard University 
  • Antech Diagnostics
  • Innovative Health Diagnostics
  • Southern California Edison
  • Seagen
  • Amgen
  • The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.
  • eMolecules
  • Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Recent alumni work as:

  • Doctors/Medical Professionals
  • Researchers
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Biological Specimen Technicians
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Educators
  • Veterinarians

Recent alumni study at:

  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University
  • University of Southern California
  • UCI School of Medicine
  • UC San Diego School of Medicine
  • Bastyr University
  • St. Georges University Veterinary School
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 

We invite you to take the next step