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Bethel offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in biology. The biology major is a good starting place for many careers in the life sciences, with opportunities to specialize in a number of areas or to continue on to graduate education.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is designed for students not planning to enter graduate school for life science studies.

Why should I study the bachelor of arts in biology?

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology is designed for students not planning to enter graduate school for life science studies. It allows students to pursue a major in Biology without needing the extra chemistry and physics courses required in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Both majors require the same number of biology courses. 

The B.A. in Biology is still a scientifically rigorous major that prepares students well for careers requiring biological understanding, for some graduate programs in the biological sciences, and for some medical and health professional postgraduate programs.

All biology faculty members, in addition to being excellent teachers and scientists, champion both Christian faith and the truths found in biology.

What can I do with this degree?

Students with an interest in medical careers pursue careers such as:

  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Technicians

Students with an interest in research may seek advanced master’s or doctoral programs in biological sciences, or enter directly from college into research laboratories.

Other opportunities for students using their Bachelor’s degree in Biology include careers such as:

  • Biology teachers
  • Biological laboratory scientists and technicians
  • Sales positions for pharmaceuticals, medical and surgical devices, biological materials for agriculture and medicine, and technical scientific equipment
  • Geneticists
  • Molecular and cellular biologists
  • Zoologists and wildlife biologists
  • Positions in agriculture, forestry, conservation, environmental restoration, and environmental management
  • Environmental impact advisors
  • Positions in horticulture, agronomy, soil science, and plant biology
  • Food service and food industry scientists and technicians
  • Bioinformatics scientists and technicians
  • Biochemical engineers

Our graduates have a longstanding, very good success rate in getting into the medical programs, graduate programs, and employment opportunities they seek.

What skills will I develop?

Students majoring in the biological sciences can gain many skills to use in their education programs and/or work after leaving Bethel including things such as:

  • Experimental design and interpretation
  • Advanced microscopy
  • Human cadaver dissection
  • Small animal surgery
  • Electrophoresis
  • Immunohistochemistry and immuno-detection techniques
  • Cell culture
  • Sterile technique
  • Spectrophotometry
  • Microarray analysis and experimentation
  • Geographical information systems
  • Environmental field-testing techniques
  • Application of science to life questions
  • Use of quantitative reasoning
  • Collaboration and communication with others
  • The integration of Christian faith with science

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

All Biology majors conduct student research with faculty members or with other experts in the area of research they choose. Bethel University’s unique location in the Twin Cities of Minnesota allows collaboration with multiple laboratory or field sites in the area easily accessed by students. All student research is presented at Bethel University’s Biology Department Research Symposium, but is also often presented at other prestigious sites such as the Minnesota Academy of Science, and regional or national meetings of the Sigma Zeta Science Honor Society, and the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. Some students are able to publish their work in scientific journals.

Our location adjacent to a large metropolitan area also allows multiple opportunities for students to obtain important research and clinical experience at neighboring clinics, hospitals, and nursing care facilities that will help them in pursuit of medical programs.

Students also have found research opportunities at neighboring companies like:

  • 3M
  • Medtronic
  • Guidant
  • Cargill
  • R and D Systems
  • Boston Scientific 

Students have also gained valuable research experiences in laboratories of local institutions such as the V. A. Hospital and the University of Minnesota.

Our campus offers about 300 acres for environmental study, and includes forest, prairie, lake, and wetland ecosystems. We are also in close proximity to additional parks, open spaces, and refuges for additional wildlife and ecosystem study.

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