Why should you study biology at Taylor?
We don’t just focus on your four years at Taylor, we focus on the next 40 years. We are concerned with God’s calling on your life, and how we can help develop your potential based on your passions, desires, and gifts. We are dedicated to helping you build critical thinking skills so you are prepared to be a faithful Christian biologist wherever God places you.
Here, we address questions we are commonly asked from prospective students. Do you have a question that is not addressed here? Contact Dr. Jeff Regier, our biology department chair, today! Better yet, schedule a visit to come on campus for a face-to-face and a tour of the Euler Science Complex!
What makes Taylor's biology program unique?
Here are our top reasons:
- Taylor’s biology program is one of the premier programs among Christian colleges and universities throughout the United States. The programs are varied and geared towards current developments in biology and the jobs being offered currently in biology. The labs are well equipped so students gain hands on experiences with equipment that sets them at the front of biology education.
- We have highly diverse PhD faculty. It’s rare for an institution of Taylor’s size to have such a large and diverse biology faculty – all holding doctorates from renowned universities. On staff you’ll find a molecular biologist, cell biologist, physiologist, zoologist, botanist and science education specialist. Our department has a strong relationship with the Department of Environmental Sciences.
- State-of-the-art facilities. Flourish in the new Euler Science Complex, teeming with graduate-level technology and instrumentation, cardiovascular research surgery room, large greenhouses for plant research, cell/molecular biology lab, cell culture room, microbiology lab, advanced physiology lab and other dedicated laboratories as well as our 700-acre arboretum, which serves as an excellent field laboratory. You will work alongside our faculty with these tools, so you have an edge above competition in graduate school and the workplace.
How can I grow professionally outside the classroom?
Student biology organizations:
- Alpha Pi Iota: This is a monthly pre-health care club facilitated by a practicing medical doctor. You will focus on medical ethics, prepare for the MCAT, share summer research experiences, hear from health care professionals and talk about graduate-level health care programs.
- Students of Cuenca, Ecuador: Students who have attended or participated in the semester abroad program to Cuenca, Ecuador.
State and National Conferences:
- State and national science teacher conferences
- Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville every year (this conference is for health care professionals and students interested in using medical skills on the mission field)
- The Experimental Biology Conference
- Every year students present at the Indiana Academy of Science
On-site undergraduate research program
- Cell culture, Azalea cell propagation, muscle physiology and more
Biology faculty research
- Serve as an assistant to your biology faculty in their ongoing research; work in the area of molecular genetics, human performance physiology, toxicology and others
What travel programs are available?
Specific opportunities with the biology department include these ongoing field study programs:
Cuenca Ecuador Biology/Pre-medical program: Complete Human Medical Physiology and 3 hours of internship at the Universidad de Azuay School of Medicine and the Fundación del Ecuador medical clinic. Work with the Global Health Outreach Program of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations center in Ecuador. Assist in the operating room, complete clinical labs and visit medical schools and doctors. Take a year of Spanish and become conversant in both Spanish and in medical Spanish, get immersed in culture, and participate in public health outreach in jungle villages. There is a special excursion to the Galapagos Islands and into the rainforest. For more information, contact Dr. Moore, Director of Ecuador Programs or Off-Campus Programs. Read the latest news story about Dr. Moore’s recent trip and research.
Field Natural History of the Black Hills: There is the opportunity to spend a summer at the Wheaton College Science Station in South Dakota.
Natural History of the Rocky Mountains: The focus of this field adventure is to equip the student with a conceptual understanding of natural history and geology of the Rocky Mountains, familiarize the student with an understanding of life zones and their key indicator species and to develop an appreciation for the complexity of the western forests. Students travel from the Sonoran Desert in Tucson, through the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, into the Great Basin Desert and the Great Salt Lake, over into the Grand Teton Mountains and Yellowstone National Park, finishing at Rocky Mountain National Park at the top of the mountains.
Medical Missions Trips: Every January, students have the option to take a trip to a medical missions area to work with the doctors in the field. Trips have gone to Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Africa.
Partnership with Mayo Clinic: Students have an opportunity for summer and year long internships at the Mayo Clinic. Contact Dr. John Moore.