Biological Science

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences at Biola University is to provide an academically stimulating and challenging environment for intellectual and spiritual growth, preparing students to pursue careers as scientists, health care professionals, and teachers.

What will I study?

  • An ability to integrate known biological facts with scriptural principles
  • The foundational principles of biological theory and fundamental skills required for upper division course work
  • The scientific method and documentation procedures are learned in lectures and reinforced in practical experimentation labs
  • Specialized elective courses that teach advanced techniques and principles in specialized areas of interests, preparing students for future careers in science
  • An understanding of scientific method and its application
  • An understanding of important issues in various biological disciplines and their responsible applications in life
  • An ability to discuss theories of origins and evolution within the context of a Scriptural view of creation
  • Develop basic concepts in the areas of zoology, botany, physiology, genetics, ecology, nutrition, biochemistry and immunology

Admissions Requirements

The following high school courses are recommended for students interested in the biological Sciences:

  • 1 year - Biology
  • 1 year - Chemistry
  • 3 years - Mathematics
  • 2 years - Foreign Language

One year of Physics is desirable.

The Science Department suggests an SAT Math score of at least 500 (or the ACT equivalent) to pursue this major.

You will be required to take a Chemistry and/or Physics Placement exam.

Deficiencies can be fulfilled with permission from the Department of Biological Science.

Go Deeper

For more information, check out this department's website:

Biological Science Department Website

Interesting classes I might take

  • Genetics
  • Botany
  • Immunology
  • Marine Biology

What can I do with a degree in Biological Science?

  • Doctor
  • Medical technician
  • Hospital administrator
  • Laboratory researcher
  • Teacher

Why choose Biological Science at Biola?

  • Internship Opportunities - 77% of students had at least one internship
  • After College - 68% of graduates reported full-time employment or Grad school enrollment within 6 months of graduation
  • Career Satisfaction - 81% of grads agreed job fit aligned with their career path

One of the distinctives of the department of Biological Sciences is a clear sense of camaraderie and community with students and faculty fostered in small laboratory sections.

"Biological science gives you the opportunity to explore God's creation amidst its changes and progressions that enables you to grow more intellectually in knowing how profound our creator is."

- Sam Hammer

What are BU Biological Science graduates doing now?

Graduates from the Biola Science Department have gone on to work for:

  • Irvine Scientific
  • Celgene Corp
  • Care Ambulance Service
  • Med-Pharmex Animal Health
  • Liferay, Inc

Biola graduates from the Biological Science major have gone on to study at the following graduate schools:

UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Southern California, Michigan State University, Tulane University, University of Chicago, University of Washington, University of Arizona, Washington State University, University of Texas

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