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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Biology

About the B.A. and B.S. in Biology Degree

Do you have a passion to worship your Creator through studying and applying the sciences? Cedarville’s distinctly Christian biology major can help you do just that.

You can choose from two options:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology — The B.S. in biology offers you broad preparation in the biological sciences. This program is frequently pursued by students interested in biology focused on living organisms, such as zoology, plant sciences, premedical, and prehealth professions. You will complete the course requirements prescribed to enter leading graduate-level biology degree programs in the nation. This major enhances the student's depth of knowledge in biology and increases the breadth of exposure to chemistry, calculus, and physics.
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology — The B.A. in biology offers you a wide preparation in the biological sciences while allowing space to pursue additional courses and minors of interest. This program appeals to students pursuing a double major (B.A. in chemistry or life science education), prehealth emphasis with a minor (most commonly in psychology and/or Spanish), or a diverse set of other minors, or emphases such as environmental biology, agriculture, or history among others.

Why Study Biology at Cedarville?

Biology Program Highlights

Excellent preparation — Since 2011 each graduating class has completed the ETS Majors’ Field Test in Biology. As a group they have ranked at, or above, the 85th percentile when compared to other institutions.

Biblical — Your biology coursework will be balanced well with a liberal arts curriculum and Cedarville’s Bible minor. Our biology faculty members are distinctive in their commitment to biblical integration in the sciences and seek to help you understand your Creator more richly by studying the creation.

Customizable — You will tailor your major based on your professional interests and goals by working with your faculty academic adviser. Each of our 10 biology faculty teach upper-level electives in their field of expertise. Adding a customized focus allows you to go deeper in your areas of interest, which will give you an edge in graduate — or medical — school, or in your vocation. You can choose to focus on environmental biology, agriculture, premedical, or one of our prehealth specializations (predental, preoptometric, preosteopathic, prephysical therapy, prephysician assistant, or preveterinary).

Hands-on experiences — You will benefit from dedicated labs for each specialty area including a dedicated tissue culture workroom and a cutting-edge human anatomy and physiology laboratory. You’ll learn molecular techniques commonly used in research laboratories today, such as fluorescence microscopy, RT-PCR, Western blotting, and many others. We also have easy access to a wide variety of "field labs," including a 40-acre Prairie Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Cedar Lake, the Campus Arboretum, and the Columbus and Cincinnati Zoos. Our strong emphasis on laboratory and field experience ensures that you will be able to enter the workforce, or your graduate studies, with confidence.

What Can I Do With a B.A. in Biology Degree?

What can you do with a biology degree? Each year we see our graduates enter top graduate, medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary schools. Many directly enter the “science” professions as biological technicians, zoo and wildlife biologists, educators, healthcare workers, and experts in the agricultural fields. Chances are, if you are interested in any type of career in “biology,” we have had a student pursue it! Just ask!

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Internships — You’ll have an opportunity to complete a summer internship in academic and industrial laboratories across the nation.

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies — You can spend a semester or summer taking advanced, field-based courses in one of Au Sable’s four locations.

Research — You will have a wide variety of opportunities to work with our biology research faculty on cutting-edge research projects.

Student organizations — Student organizations allow you to meet with like-minded fellow students and professionals.

  • Chi Theta Pi: A student-run organization designed for networking among Cedarville students studying premed, predental, and preoptometry.
  • Pro Terra Forma: A campus-wide group for students interested in environmental stewardship.
  • Omega Tau Kappa: For students interested in biology education.
  • Great and Small is for students who are interested in veterinary medicine. This student-run organization helps students prepare for training in the veterinary field.
  • Biology Club is for students interested in any aspect of biology. This student-run organization emphasizes networking and community service.

Global Outreach (GO) — You can take part in a medical missions trip during spring or summer breaks.

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Biology and Life Science Program Options

If you’re interested in studying biology and life sciences at Cedarville, but you’re not sure which major is right for you, we’ve created a helpful resource that compares our four options to aid you in making a final decision.


Pathway to Medical School

Training for a medical profession at Cedarville University involves intentional preparation academically, personally, and spiritually. Preparation for medical school at Cedarville equips students to be competent as well as service-focused in the name of the Great Physician. Cedarville University has a strong history of preparing students for medical school.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2018 graduates from the Department of Science and Mathematics were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.


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Program Faculty

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Mark Gathany, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Location ENS 277
  • Phone 937-766-3823
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Bob Paris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Location ENS 275
  • Phone 937-766-7945
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Tracy Collins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

  • Location ENS 272
  • Phone 937-766-7875
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Biology Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take your core biology courses. This sequence is shared among our biology programs. This allows for some flexibility in program selection as well as preparing you for your upper-division elective courses. It is often these courses that will set you apart in terms of preparing to make that next step in your career path.

The B.A. in biology is offered with either a three-year or four-year completion plan. Most students take four years to complete the B.S. in biology major.

This major is offered with a bachelor's-to-master's accelerated completion plan.
Sample courses:
  • Biological Research
  • Human Structure and Function 1 and 2
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog