Biology is about more than studying living things. It’s about discovering meaning in the fabric of life.
The Department of Biological Sciences prepares graduates who make world-shaping discoveries and understand the relationship between their faith and biology. Through experiences in the lab, field, and classroom, you’ll explore the grand diversity of living things and embrace our call to care for all of creation.
Majors, Minors, and Programs
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Studying the Breadth of God’s Creation
The biology program at Bethel gives students the space and tools to investigate the wonder and intricacies of life. You’ll prepare for careers on the cutting edge of biology by building a foundation in a range of fundamentals, such as genetics, ecology, cell biology, anatomy/physiology, microbiology, botany, and biochemistry. Have your pick of specialized areas of study including immunology, aquatic biology, animal behavior, molecular biology, neurobiology, wildlife management, and developmental biology. Through investigative work in the classroom, field, and lab, biology students are prepared to be Christians immersed in scientific discovery, ready to make a difference in their chosen fields.
0 biology students have been awarded competitive undergraduate research grants from national science honor societies over the last 6 years
0 acres of on-campus outdoor laboratories
Integration of science and faith
You’ll cultivate a deeper understanding of God’s character, nature, and being through the thoughtful study of His creation.
We do science
At Bethel, we’re not content to just learn about science from a textbook. We also do science in fully equipped facilities, including a human cadaver lab, biotechnology lab, greenhouse, and 260 acres of outdoor laboratories.
Collaborative student research
Design and complete a research project with a professor, and possibly receive a summer scholarship for your work. Many biology students have presented their research findings at regional and national scientific conferences, with several earning top honors.
Outstanding faculty mentoring
Unlike large universities where professors teach only large lectures, Bethel biology professors work with students in classes and labs. Meeting face-to-face with students in these contexts provides for significant student/faculty interaction. Their expertise and work across diverse subdisciplines offer interdisciplinary preparation for students.
Study on location
Study in the rainforests and mountains of mainland Ecuador and reefs of the Galapagos Islands, or in Belize or New Zealand as part of the Creation Care Study Program. You can also choose off-campus study programs like the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies with locations in Michigan, Florida, Washington state, and India.
Gain practical experience
Bethel biology students intern at well-known institutions, including the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Zoo, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, McNeely Conservatory, The Wolf Project, Medtronic, R&D Systems, and the National Institutes of Health.
Student clubs and organizations
Join Bethel’s TriBeta national biology honor society chapter—awarded the national Chapter Excellence and Outstanding Chapter awards 4 times in its history; the all-science honor society Sigma Zeta—host of several national conventions; and the environmentally focused Creation Restoration club to engage socially and professionally in your chosen field.
This program is geared toward equipping the student to complete a meaningful and scholarly Thesis project. I was able to do research that mattered to me and my ministry, making me a better servant leader for God's people. Thanks, Bethel!David Denzer '14
Current job: Lead Pastor St. Michael Lutheran Church, Canton, Michigan
My graduate school experience has positioned me with a consulting career that is both strategic and futuristic. Every day I help senior care organizations navigate through health care reform. It's challenging but incredibly rewarding work.Kristine Betz '12
Current job: Consultant
The program developed me professionally, academically, and personally. I came into the program with a goal of college counseling in mind, and I got out of it exactly what I wanted: my practicum placement turned into a job.Amanda Cornelius '07
Current job: Owner of Cornelius Counseling, LLC; Founder of Wellspring Group
After obtaining my nurse educator degree at Bethel and teaching for a few years, I taught a couple of semesters at a university in Uganda. Bethel prepared me well for the challenge of teaching and working cross-culturally.Joy Peterson '11
Current job: Adjunct professor at Bethel, Nurse at Allina
I'm continually grateful for the education I received from the Athletic Training Program! I feel completely prepared for my job and know that I will always have close friends and mentors among the professors!Megan Roschen '13
Grad school: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
Getting my master's at Bethel was convenient. All the classes were offered online, and I could choose a concentration. Also, I enjoyed the classes. They were a great study of best practices in education.Patty Boettcher '15
Current job: 4th Grade Teacher at International School in Genoa, Italy
I believe people will never forget what you made them feel, and the Organizational Leadership program will better help me make seniors feel loved.Jeena Gurung '15
Current job: Como Park Falcon Heights Living-at-Home Block Nurse Program
The theatre professors offer an individualized, supportive, and safe environment to explore what makes producing and performing theater so unique. They care about their students, their students' faith, and their students' craft. The intimate size of the department creates a close-knit community where students are led to grow and are challenged to become the best versions of themselves.Wes Mouri '12
Current job: Actor with the Guthrie Theater and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
I think some of what I found most meaningful and helpful about being a philosophy major was the ability to think through large scale issues and problems, but also the ability to delve deeply into the details to get a deeper understanding of the issues. The ability to look at things from so many perspectives has been great in a career that requires me to consider so many different stakeholders.Brianna Menning '06
Current job: Associate Program Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative
The Bethel DMin program in Servant Leadership not only helped me to be a more effective leader, it helped me to be a better thinker. And the cohort model served as a wonderful community for the journey.Mike McNeff '12
Current job: Lead Pastor
Obtaining my Master of Arts in Gerontology at Bethel significantly improved work opportunities for me within the health care system. Many more doors opened and I am currently working at a job that I love.Elise Lucey '11
Current job: Manager of Patient Relations at Metro Hospital
The experiences and education that I received in the Biokinetics program at Bethel have been invaluable to me as a current full-time graduate student. I chose the Biokinetics program in order to be as fully prepared as possible. I wouldn't trade my undergraduate experience for anything.Krista Nauman '12
Grad school: Bethel University Physician Assistant Program
The faculty taught me to think critically, interrogate social phenomenon, and apply my learning for improving communities. I was prepared professionally and academically from the immense academic, intellectual, and personal support from faculty, with whom I developed lasting friendships.Ryan Steel '12
Current job: Research Associate
My experience was great preparation for living abroad after graduation. I learned the value of cultural exchange and the importance of examining my own privilege as I interact with people of different backgrounds.Benjamin Umhoefer '13
Current job: 2nd grade teacher, Escuela Bilingue Amigos de Jesus
The Ed.D program expands students' minds and readies them to be public, intellectual, and ethical leaders who have the courage to educationally equip learners for their future world of work and life.Michelle Hiteman '14
Current job: Principal of Taipei American School
What can I do with a biology degree?
Biology students prepare for professional careers in a variety of industries and graduate programs ranging from medicine to forensic science to ecology.
Biology graduates pursue careers in the following fields:
- Medicine (M.D.)
- Osteopathic medicine (O.D.)
- Veterinary medicine
- Cell/molecular biology research
- Genetics research
- Physician assistant
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Chiropractic medicine
- Education (elementary, secondary, university)
- Environmental monitoring
- Restoration ecology (management of natural resources)
- Wildlife biology
- Environmental education
Our alumni study:
- Physical therapy
- Other allied health professions
- Physical chemistry
- Forensic science
- Molecular biology
- Animal physiology
- Water resources
- Public health
- History of science
Our alumni attend
- University of North Carolina
- Wake Forest University School of Medicine
- Northwestern University, Chicago
- Penn State University
- Michigan State University
- University of Minnesota
- University of Chicago
- Mayo Medical School
- Howard University