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Biology Health Science

Major

Prepare for a Career in Health Sciences

Taylor’s Biology Health Sciences degree is taught in an environment where students can develop a Christian worldview and learn to integrate their faith into their future careers in the health sciences. With a rigorous curriculum in modern biology, extensive practical experiences with patients, and a focus on whole-person wellness, the Biology Health Sciences major meets requirements for a broad range of health sciences careers. Choose from concentrations in Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental, Pre-PA, Pre-Optometry, and Pre-Allied Health.

Pre-Medical

Taylor’s Pre-Medical program will prepare you to be a strong contender for acceptance into the country’s leading medical and dentistry schools—ultimately 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 96% of students who successfully complete the Pre-Med program are accepted into professional schools to study medicine or dentistry.

Pre-Physician Assistant, Other Health Careers

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 optometry, pharmacy, or genetic counseling.

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

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Clinical Experiences

  • The Invitation program offers students the opportunity to work directly with local community members to form lifestyle habits that prevent diabetes and other preventable diseases. Currently, it is on track to become a CDC-certified program.
  • Live Well, is a family-based, clinical program in partnership with Marion Pediatrics. Supervised by faculty, students coach children and their families to create and sustain healthy movement, dietary, and sleep habits.
  • Fit into Health brings students alongside adults through a personal training program. Students assess their clients’ fitness and health, and design workouts to help them reach their goals. One-on-one exercise sessions take place on campus.
  • Other opportunities include cardiac rehab and CNA training.

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Range of Preparatory Courses

The Biology Health Sciences degree program goes beyond the standard courses that everyone studying health science needs. At Taylor, we take a holistic approach to health, with classes on public health, applied nutrition, and mental wellbeing. For example, Biology Health Sciences majors take Exercise as Medicine, a course to teach future healthcare providers to interact with patients and teach principles of whole-person health.

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Get Outside the Classroom

Outside of the classroom and laboratory, majoring in Biology Health Sciences will offer unique opportunities to get involved in real-world experience. Learn 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.

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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 Health Science Curriculum & Degree Options

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

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core 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. You’ll become 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.

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Lab and Clinical Facilities 

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.

Students get valuable observations and direct patient care experience as they assist teams at Marion General Hospital, University Nursing Center, Blackford Hospital, and Ball Memorial Hospital. Invitation, an adult diabetes prevention program, has two locations near campus. 

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