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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.

Future Career in Health Science

Biology students pursuing careers in health science can choose between two rigorous education paths.

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 strong contender for acceptance into the country’s leading medical, dentistry, and veterinary schools—ultimately leading you toward a career as physician (MD, DO), dentist (DDS), or veterinarian (DVM). 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.

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 pre-requisites 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.

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

Jan Reber, Department Chair & Professor of Biology and Allied Health Advisor

Charity Bailey, Assistant to the School of Natural & Applied Sciences

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 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
Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Jan Reber

Department Chair & Professor of Biology and Allied Health Advisor



Brian Dewar

Assistant Professor of Biology


Elizabeth Hasenmyer

Assistant Professor of Biology


Grace Miller

Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences


John Moore

Professor of Biology & Director of Taylor's Ecuador Program


Jeff Regier

Professor of Biology, Pre-Med Advisor, & Au Sable Institute Campus Representative



Charity Bailey

Assistant to the School of Natural & Applied Sciences