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 college 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.

Biology Pre-Med: A Future Career in Health Science

Biology students pursuing careers in health science can choose between two rigorous education paths: Biology Pre-Med or Biology Allied Health. Click here to learn more about Taylor’s pre-medical curriculum and preparation.

Get Outside the Classroom

Outside of the classroom and laboratory, majoring in biology will offer unique 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 or study abroad programs. You will also participate in practicums and assist professors in research surrounding microscopy, bone cells, and other areas of research. For example, faculty and student researchers are genetically engineering cells to better understand rare diseases and one day help find a cure.

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.

Major in Biochemistry

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

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Abigail Russell
Class of 2020
At Taylor University, professors encourage students to make their faith their own and challenge us to ask questions. I grew in my faith by learning that now is the time to ask questions ranging from evolution to controversial healthcare concerns.

Biology Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

Biology Pre-Med Tracks

The more traditional route leads students to declare a Biology Pre-Med major and enter into Taylor’s Pre-Medical program. This program will prepare you to be a strong contender for acceptance into the country’s leading medical and dentistry schools—ultimately leading you toward a career as physician (MD, DO) or dentist (DDS). Graduates of Taylor’s Pre-Med program have attended elite professional and medical schools, such as the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cincinnati, and others. Approximately 90% of students who successfully complete the Pre-Med program are accepted into professional schools to study medicine or dentistry.

The second path, Biology’s Allied Health track, focuses on directing students toward non-pre-med careers in the health field. With advising from Biology professors and Taylor’s Health Professions Coordinator, you can choose the best courses that will fulfill the prerequisites and prepare you for the graduate school of your choice, whether you’re interested in becoming a physician assistant (pre-PA) or a nurse practitioner, or studying physical therapy (pre-PT), occupational therapy (pre-OT), optometry, pharmacy, or genetic counseling.

*All health science career paths require an additional graduate program in health science after receiving your Biology Bachelor’s degree.

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