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B.S. in Biological Science

School of Science, Technology and Health


Biological science is the study of living systems. As a biological sciences major, you'll engage areas of focus such as cell biology, neuroscience, ecology, molecular biology and much more. Biola's biological science degree will prepare students to study and appreciate God's creation at the organismal and biomolecular level, as well as provide the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a variety of biology disciplines and careers.

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  • Environmental Science
    The environmental science concentration prepares students to become leaders who are passionate about restoring all aspects of God’s creation. By combining scientific and theological knowledge with practical field, lab and communication skills, students will be equipped to create just and sustainable solutions addressing the environmental challenges we face in today’s world.
  • General Biology
    The general biology concentration prepares students for a variety of non-health care graduate programs such as marine biology, botany, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or medical research. This concentration allows students to choose from a wide range of upper division biology electives that are suited to their career goals including: marine biology, vertebrate biology, environmental ethics, neurobiology, and biology of cancer.
  • Premed/Pre-Health Care Professional
    The premed/pre-health care professional concentration equips students to become strong applicants for medical, dental and veterinary schools. In this concentration, students complete a clear track of courses to prepare for the MCAT and fulfill entrance requirements. Some of the most popular upper division electives in this concentration include: prosection, parasitology, immunology, and nutrition and metabolism.
  • Secondary Instruction
    For those interested in teaching biology at the high school level, this concentration provides coursework that, combined with successfully passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), leads to a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biology. The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. See a credential analyst at Biola's School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor.

Why Choose Biological Science at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum and biblical integration, Biola’s Biological Bachelor of Science program offers biological sciences students several key advantages:

  • Small class sizes and laboratory sections give you an opportunity to develop close relationships with your biological sciences professors, who have extensive experience in teaching, research and publishing.
  • Well-equipped laboratories offer hands-on experience and opportunities to put your academic learning into action. Explore our many opportunities for undergraduate research.
  • Graduates report feeling well prepared for biological-related careers, such as marine biology and veterinary medicine which are among the best-paid, highest-satisfaction and fastest-growing life sciences occupations.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for biology majors seeking internships and job opportunities.
  • Integration of known biological facts with scriptural principles are emphasized and taught to guide you in your spiritual development — you will not only graduate with a biology degree, but also the ability to effectively discuss theories of origins and evolutionary biology within the context of a scriptural view of creation.

What Will I Study?

As a major in biological sciences, you will develop a basic competence and knowledge of living organisms and vital processes in the allied sciences such as:

  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Nutrition
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology

You will develop a strong understanding of the scientific method as the degree prepares you to responsibly apply various biological disciplines, such as computational biology to real-life situations. Learning and course highlights include:

  • Emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology and genetics
  • Introduction to principles of systems and biodiversity
  • Collecting and interpreting quantitative data
  • Field research and practicing writing for the biological sciences
  • Using a scanning electron microscope
  • Participating in human systems analysis and electrophysiology labs
  • Studying microbial organisms on bacteria and viruses
  • Discussing the molecular organization and function of cells and their organelles
  • Differentiating between vertebrate groups
  • Experience in experimental design, laboratory investigation and technical writing

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Samuel Hammer

Biological science gives you the opportunity to explore God's creation amidst its changes and progressions that enables you to grow more intellectually in knowing how profound our creator is.

Samuel Hammer
Biological Science, B.S. '18
Lauren Barth

Thankfulness is about more than just having a good attitude about reinforces your loyalty to God in all things, builds resiliency, and allows you to recognize God's work over a long period of time.

Pediatric Resident
Biological Science, B.S. '09
Gillian McPherson

Before Biola I thought faith and science just ran alongside each other but now I know that the two go hand in hand.

Crew and Naturalist
Biological Science, B.S. '11
4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

What can I do with a Biological Sciences Degree?

As a highly skilled and technically competent scientist, your biology degree will prepare you to enter graduate school and to impact the world for Jesus Christ in fields such as research, medicine, education, environmental science and biochemistry. A graduate degree in biological science provides career options in many professions such as:

  • Doctor
  • Forensic scientist
  • Research biologist
  • Life science educator
  • Hospital administrator
  • Laboratory researcher
  • Medical technician
  • Educator
  • Wildlife rehabilitation specialist

Explore Biola's Health Science Careers website for specific information about various health professions.

What are Average Salaries for Biological Science Majors?

Curious about average salaries for students with a degree in biological science? See the tables below for data based on example job positions and years in the field.

Years in Field Average Salary
Less than 1 year $42,230
1–4 years $50,149
5–9 years $64,560
10–19 years $81,868
Job Position Average Salary
Doctor (family physician) $187,309
Hospital administrator $90,409
Forensic scientist $51,969
Educator (high school teacher) $48,855

This salary data is current as of January 23, 2018. The most recent data can be found on Payscale. The information shared here represents industry estimates and potential career outcomes, and are not guarantees from Biola University.

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Biola graduates from the biological science major have gone on to study at prestigious graduate schools, including:

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • Michigan State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Washington
  • University of Arizona
  • Washington State University
  • University of Texas

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