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 will launch in fall 2020.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience will launch in fall 2020.
A minor in Biology is comprised of 20 units of any Biology (BIOL) courses with a minimum of 12 units taken at Vanguard.
This course is designed to study cancer from both a cellular and a clinical perspective. Characteristics of aberrant cell growth, proliferation and metastasis will be studied with a focus on the genetic charges that occur in cancer cells. Clinical aspects of cancer that will be discussed will include the classification, carcinogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of cancer.
Coastal Ecology examines the ecological processes at the interface between land and sea in order to provide an understanding of the coastal environmental, how terrestrial and marine systems are intricately connected, and how human activities can impact both. Much of the course consists of local field trips in coastal and marine environments and in particular a week-long field trip usually during spring break. Course will fulfill CORE Curriculum science requirement. Lab fee. Lab fee covers lab project materials, food, transportation, and accommodation during the week-long trip. Any special diet or physical accommodations must be approved by the instructor prior to enrollment.
Co-requisite: BIOL432L Neuroscience Lab. The study of the nervous system from the cellular physiology of the neuron to complex structure and function of the central nervous system. Emphasis will be given to the cellular neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. This course will give an excellent foundation for understanding the brain and the nervous system. Students will critically read and discuss the scientific literature and learn to critically evaluate experimental neuroscience. Lecture three hours. Laboratory course designed to complement BIOL432. Lab is three hours. Lab fee