Biology

Overview

Welcome to the Grace College Biology Program. We emphasize that God is the Creator of all life and the entire physical universe beyond. Biology at Grace College deals with the scientific study of life and life processes. Students study the molecular composition, micro and macro anatomy, and metabolic processes of a wide variety of organisms, from bacteria to people. The study of biology emphasizes laboratory “hands-on” activities to explore technical details of these processes firsthand.

Our curriculum provides opportunities to study many areas of biology, giving a broad foundation for additional advanced study. In addition to the core biology and chemistry courses, the student will choose at least 10 credits from a list of electives, enabling them to tailor their degree to their specific interests.  This approach prepares students for a general career in an area of biological science, including laboratory work in medicine or chemistry, environmental careers, technical writing, pharmaceutical sales, or food science.  It also prepares the student for graduate work in biology or other biology related areas. These include biochemistry, zoology, marine biology, genetics, physiology, microbiology, and molecular biology.  Some may choose our biology degree to prepare for professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinarian medicine, physical therapy, and physician’s assistant.

The faculty of the Department of Science and Mathematics at Grace College considers the diversity of organisms, their anatomy, physiology, and life processes to have their origins with God the Creator. Our past and current observations of all facets of the biological world are demonstrations of God’s grand design. Those studying biology as a major or minor will be studying the details of the incredible complexity of God’s living handiwork.

 

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. Biology Course Requirements for Biology Minor

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

BIO2410 Plant Biology

Integrated study of plants as organisms. Deals with plant structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology, and classification of major plant groups.

BIO2510 Animal Biology

Integrated study of animals as organisms. Deals with animal structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology, and classification of major animal groups.

BIO2610 Cellular & Molecular Biology

A study of the basic principles that guide cellular composition, organization and function. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the molecular mechanism that underlies cell function. Topics studied in the course include, but are not limited to, processes like energy extraction, membrane transport, flow of genetic information, cell surface communication, cell cycle and regulation, cell division, along with the study of specialized cells like gametes, lymphocytes, neurons, muscle cells, and cancer cells.

BIO3510 Microbiology

An introductory study of microorganisms dealing with the morphology, physiology and cultivation and identification of microbes and their role in the environment. Other areas studied include: immunology, genetics, metabolism, food, preservation, and diseases.

ENV2110 General Ecology

A study of the interaction of organisms with their physical environment and with each other. Natural selection, biological populations, and their environmental relationships. 

Faculty

Careers