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The biology minor is designed for students who are majoring in related fields (such as nursing, athletic training, biokinetics, or chemistry) but enjoy biology and want it to be a formal part of their education.

Why should I study biology?

Understanding biology can help students think more critically about the issues faced by our world at a deeper level, from climate change to infectious diseases, and help to find ways to combat these problems. The biology minor can also enhance a major in another scientific field such as chemistry, or even a major in a non-science area such as psychology so that you learn to ask good questions, test your theories, and come to conclusions. Biology courses can help students seeking graduate programs in medicine and the healthcare professions.

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?

A minor in biology can enhance any career field, from business and education to healthcare.

What skills will I develop?

Depending on which biology electives you choose, you could gain experience with:

  • 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?

  • Student research with faculty members or other experts in a chosen area of research
  • Presentations at Bethel University’s Biology Department Research Symposium
  • Publishing in scientific journals
  • Work with living cells, plants, tissues, live animals, and human cadavers
  • 300 acres of environmental study on campus, including 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.
  • Study abroad


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biology students have received scholarships for summer research projects (in last decade)

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