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Biology Major/Minor

Exploring God’s Living World

From electrons to ecosystems, scientific discovery will be at your fingertips in one of Indiana’s premier Christian Biology programs. Not only will you gain an advanced understanding of how biological organisms work, but you will be encouraged to relate your faith to the study of biology and prepare for a biology career.

The Building Blocks of a Biology Major

You will learn and apply various scientific principles throughout your Biology classes and labs, including explorations in chemistry, ecology, and genetics, as well as developmental, cell, and molecular biology. From your first Biology lab to your last, you will be working with Euler Science Complex’s graduate-level equipment. Small lab and class sizes allow students to work both individually and collaboratively with state-of-the-art technology in Euler’s comparative anatomy and microbiology lab, cell biology and molecular genetics lab, cell culture room, and large greenhouse.

Outside of the classroom and laboratory, you will have numerous opportunities to get involved in real-world experience. Practice science on location in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Michigan, the Pacific Northwest, or Cuenca, Ecuador in field study programs. You will also participate in practicums and assist professors in research surrounding microscopy, bone cells, and the developmental biology of the fruit fly.

A Future in Allied Health

Students interested in allied health can apply to Taylor’s pre-medical program, which prepares Biology majors for the rigorous path toward a Masters or PhD and an allied health career. After completing the program, you will be a strong contender for entrance into a dentistry, veterinary, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or medical doctoral program.

Graduates of Taylor’s pre-med program have attended elite professional and medical schools, such as Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Indiana University, and others. Our graduates have also been hired by high-profile and national organizations, including Johns Hopkins University and Eli Lilly and Company.

Minor in Biology

Strengthen your knowledge and understanding of organisms’ biological functions with a Biology minor. Encounter a broad base of biological knowledge and explore how ecology and genetics influence Creation’s behavior. This minor is available to all students not majoring in Biology.

Biology Curriculum & Degree Options

Interested in Chemistry?
Are you interested in chemistry as well as biology? Taylor’s Biochemistry major may be what you are looking for.

Interested in Engineering and Allied Health?
Taylor’s Biomedical Engineering concentration allows students to explore how engineering and technology cross with biology in the healthcare field.

Contact the Biology Department

Dr. Jeff Regier, Professor of Biology, Pre-Med Advisor & Biology Department Chair
765-998-4893
jfregier@tayloru.edu

Barb Michael, Assistant to the Dean & School of Natural & Applied Science
765-998-5354
brmichael@tayloru.edu

Special Programs
  • Health Professions Advising

    Receive assistance toward entering a health-related profession that requires professional- or graduate-level training in the medical sciences. Taylor’s Health Science Coordinator advises students and helps them practice entrance exams and interviews. Learn More

  • Pre-Med Curriculum

    Prepare yourself for medical school by taking this series of pre-requisite MCAT courses. Add the Pre-Med curriculum to any degree. Learn More

  • Systems Curriculum

    Giving you a competitive edge, Systems is an interdisciplinary program created to complement many degrees and strengthen analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills. Learn More

Biology Department

A Faithful Study of Living Things

Taylor’s Biology department exposes its students to advanced biology internships, research in cell and molecular biology, biology courses focused on current scientific trends, and a breadth of real-world experiences guaranteed to prepare them for a career in biology or further education in graduate school. Whether you’re pursuing biology education, biology research, or medical school, dental school, or another pre-professional school, Taylor’s Biology faculty will actively advise you one-on-one to help you choose the best long-term path.

Because our Biology professors are wildly diverse, including a molecular biologist, cell biologist, physiologist, zoologist, and science education specialist, each faculty member will engage and uniquely challenge you to relate your education to your Christianity.

Growing Outside the Classroom

Taylor’s Biology department offers numerous ways to grow professionally outside of the classroom, including:

  • Alpha Pi Iota
    This pre-healthcare club facilitated by a practicing medical doctor allows you to 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.
  • State and National Conferences
    Our students not only attend biology education and research conferences, such as the Annual Global Missions Health Conference and the Experimental Biology Conference, but every year Biology students can present their own research at the Indiana Academy of Science’s annual meeting.
  • On-site Undergraduate Research Program
    Complete research projects in microscopy, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and animal behavior and physiology under the mentorship of Biology faculty. Recent projects have included research on cell culturing, bone remodeling, and Drosophila (fruit fly) genetics.
  • Health Professions Advising
    Get personalized guidance during your time at Taylor as you prepare for professional or graduate school, whether medical, dental, veterinary, or other. Schedule an appointment to talk with the Health Science Coordinator during your Taylor visit.
Planting Seeds Around the World

To help Biology students expand their horizons, Biology faculty and other science professors host numerous trips that allow students to study biology abroad. Explore national landmarks like the Black Hills region of South Dakota or the Rocky Mountains, or travel internationally on medical missions trips or with health outreach programs. Gain real experience working with in the industry as a hospital intern, field biologist or wildlife biologist, or research biologist.

Life After Taylor
Career Opportunities

Taylor Biology grads have been hired by major hospitals, the U.S. government, and high-profile national organizations, such as Mayo Clinic, Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Pharmaceutical, World Vision, and Medair.

With a BS or BA in Biology, you could pursue a variety of life science careers, including genetic counselor, botanist, forester, zoologist, and biological technician, among others. Biology Science Education majors will be equipped to pursue one of these biology careers or a career as a high school biology teacher or middle school science teacher.

Graduate Programs

Graduates of the Biology department have also been accepted to some of the nation’s premier graduate and medical schools, including:

  • Boston University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Colorado
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University
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Faculty & Staff
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Jeff Regier

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Barb Michael

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Brian Dewar

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Elizabeth Hasenmyer

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Jan Reber

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Jessica Vanderploeg

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John Moore

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