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.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology program provides undergraduate preparation for technical employment, post-baccalaureate study in graduate school, professions such as medicine, and other health professions, and for work in natural resource management.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Biomedical Science prepares students for success in professional health care programs (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy), associated health programs (e.g., physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy), biomedical science graduate programs, and careers in biomedical research and academic or commercial laboratories. From laboratory research to student leadership positions to mock medical school interviews, students engage in experiential learning with curriculum that meets requirements for entrance into professional and graduate programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology equips students for a laboratory technician career or graduate program focused on skilled researcher or laboratory management. Students learn how to critically assess biotechnology advances and applications through internship opportunities with professionals in this growing workforce. A dedicated biotechnology lab was recently remodeled to exclusively house equipment and projects for students to gain hands-on training and research experience.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Ecology teaches students about organisms and their interaction with the physical environment. The major equips students for careers in environmental management, ecotoxicology, environmental law, conservation biology and ecological agriculture. Graduates will be prepared for advanced study in basic and applied aspects of ecology.
With a unique emphasis on the nervous system, the Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology teaches students how to apply cellular, molecular, systems and behavioral analyses to learn more about the human brain. Students develop a fundamental understanding of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropharmacology through brain dissections, lab exercises and simulations. Students also discover how cellular mechanisms are responsible for learning and memory, and how this information enhances learning. Hands-on experimentation allows students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills.
A minor in Biology is comprised of 20 units of any Biology (BIOL) courses with a minimum of 12 units taken at Vanguard.