Biology

The Department of Biology at ACU prepares you for a lifetime of growth, influence and wonder. Through a deep engagement with the natural world and a powerful knowledge base, we will equip you to thrive in a career that adds to humanity’s understanding of creation. We believe the study of biology empowers you for a transformational role as a steward and caretaker, and everything we do arises from this Christian perspective.

Your learning in the Department of Biology is grounded in foundational scientific understanding and immersed in practical, hands-on experiences that become valuable professional skills in fields such as medicine and health care. At the heart of your learning are dedicated faculty who are expert researchers in their fields and passionately committed to your growth and success.

The Department of Biology at ACU prepares you for a lifetime of growth, influence and wonder. Through a deep engagement with the natural world and a powerful knowledge base, we will equip you to thrive in a career that adds to humanity’s understanding of creation. We believe the study of biology empowers you for a transformational role as a steward and caretaker, and everything we do arises from this Christian perspective.

Your learning in the Department of Biology is grounded in foundational scientific understanding and immersed in practical, hands-on experiences that become valuable professional skills in fields such as medicine and health care. At the heart of your learning are dedicated faculty who are expert researchers in their fields and passionately committed to your growth and success.

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All Biology Degrees & Majors

We offer two majors, a High School Teacher Certification and one minor. Each will equip you to lead and serve as a scientist, teacher, healthcare professional or through countless creative pathways that begin with a life-changing Christian education. Year after year, our Biology and Chem/Biochem graduates enjoy an exceptionally high rate of acceptance to medical school.


 

Experiential Learning

A biology major student using a microscope

We are proud to offer a number of unique opportunities to learn and grow far beyond our classrooms, laboratories and campus. Our longstanding partnership with the Au Sable Institute offers you immersive learning experiences that will bring you into the beautiful north woods country of Michigan and to Whidbey Island in Washington State. Our partnership with Health Talents International invites you to learn through medical missions with a Christian organization around the world.

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Special opportunities for field studies and medical missions are available. We offer opportunities for field courses both locally and in remote locations. We are also a participating college with the Au Sable Institute. The field courses offered at Au Sable are in the beautiful north woods country of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound between Vancouver and Seattle. Our opportunities for medical missions are available through Health Talents International and typically center in Guatemala. Contact the department for the details about these special opportunities; there are costs for travel, room and board.

The Au Sable mission fits ACU’s mission and the Biology Department’s mission by enabling us to prepare students for Christian service and leadership as biological scientists in field biology. Au Sable’s mission is “the integration of knowledge of the creation with biblical principles for the purpose of bringing the Christian community and the general public to a better understanding of the Creator and the stewardship of God’s Creation.” Thus, our participation with Au Sable provides an opportunity to expand biological knowledge into an environmental ethic that calls us to redefine “dominion” as stewards and caretakers of Creation.