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Why should you study biology at Taylor?

We not only care about your four years at Taylor—we care about 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.

If you have a question not addressed here, contact Dr. Jeff Regier, our biology department chair or schedule a visit to come on campus for a face-to-face meeting and a tour of the Euler Science Complex.

Highlights of Taylor University's biology program:

  1. 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 toward current developments in biology and the jobs offered within biology. Labs provide students with hands-on experience with equipment that sets them at the forefront of biology education.
  2. We have a highly diverse faculty. It’s rare for an institution of Taylor’s size to have such a large and diverse biology faculty. On staff, you’ll find a molecular biologist, cell biologist, physiologist, zoologist, and science education specialist. Our department also has a strong relationship with the Earth and Environmental Science department.
  3. State-of-the-art facilities. Our labs in the Euler Science Complex have graduate-level technology and instrumentation including a 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 with these tools alongside our faculty, gaining 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: Made up of 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)
  • Experimental Biology Conference
  • Every year, our students have the opportunity to present their research 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 in areas 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 two 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 everyday Spanish and 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.

Field Natural History of the Black Hills: 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 the 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, and finish 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.