As people who share a sense of awe and passion for living systems, we strive to create opportunities for students who share this passion to learn, gain experience, and prepare for a vocation in the life sciences. The mission of the biology department is to provide a comprehensive university-level education in biology in the liberal arts and science tradition which is Scripturally-directed and explores the relation of faith, learning, and living from a Reformed Christian perspective; and to carry out research in this context.
Graduates of our programs will:
- Describe the diversity of life at the molecular, physiological, and ecological level
- Express a sense of awe at the beauty and complexity of living systems in God’s creation
- Propose good research questions, carry out well-designed experiments, and clearly communicate their research results
- Understand and provide a rational and faith-informed opinion on politically and religiously- charged biological issues including climate change, gene therapy, genetically modified foods, the origin of life, stem cell research
- Prepare for graduate study, medical school, careers in science and health-related vocations, and the teaching profession.
The Biology Department maintains and uses two outdoor teaching areas on campus: the Whaley Teaching Garden and a natural regeneration site. A rooftop greenhouse on our Academic Building provides teaching and research space for students interested in botany.