Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    140 credits
    • General Education: 32
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 78
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 1/2 years
  • Accreditation


The mission of the Biological Sciences: Secondary Instruction Program at Biola University is to provide an academically stimulating and challenging environment for intellectual and spiritual growth, preparing students to pursue careers as teachers to make an impact as educators in the secondary classroom.

Why Choose Biological Science: Secondary Instruction at Biola?

Biology is the branch of knowledge that deals with living organisms and vital processes. As such it includes the allied sciences such as zoology, botany, physiology, genetics, ecology, nutrition, biochemistry and immunology. The biological science major will develop a basic competence in these areas, and at the same time demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to integrate known biological facts with scriptural principles
  • An understanding of scientific method and its application
  • An understanding of important issues in various biological disciplines and their responsible applications in life
  • An ability to discuss theories of origins and evolution within the context of a Scriptural view of creation

What Will I Study?

In the freshman and sophomore years students learn foundational principles of biological theory and fundamental skills required for upper division courses. These principles and skills are learned in lectures as well as practical experimentation that reinforces the scientific method and documentation procedures.

Junior and senior students then complete upper-division requirement courses when they learn more advanced techniques and principles to prepare them for future careers in science. There are also several elective courses students can choose from to specialize and develop their God given talents.

One of the distinctives of the biological sciences department is a clear sense of camaraderie and community with students and faculty fostered in small laboratory sections.

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Career Paths

A degree in biological science for educators provides exceptional preparation for careers in education and ministry. As a well-prepared professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Biology teacher
  • Physics teacher
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Math teacher
  • Missionary teacher

Meet the Faculty

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