At Northwest Christian University you’ll study biology in a Christ-centered environment that champions wisdom, faith, and service.
Whether you’re interested in medicine and health occupations, agriculture, ecology, research, physical therapy, or veterinary medicine, the biology program at NCU can help you reach your goals. You’ll work closely with instructors and advisors to choose the courses, research projects and internship opportunities that provide you with the best preparation and most competitive edge.
We encourage you to meet with an academic advisor or instructor by the end of your sophomore year to talk about your post-graduate plans. Your advisor will help you discover the pathway to reaching your career goals and fulfilling your calling.
NCU students can prepare themselves for almost any biology-related graduate school from ecology to molecular biology; professional schools of dentistry to veterinary medicine; and post-baccalaureate employment from an arborist to zookeeper. NCU biology majors are hearing the call to go and serve in education, health care, stewardship, the local church, and the mission field.
Many professional schools require a degree, or significant course work in biology such as: medical (MD or OD), dental, veterinary, nursing, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, radiology, speech therapy, audiology, ophthalmology, and occupational therapy schools.
Earn a master’s or doctoral degree in anatomy, molecular biology, marine biology, botany, forestry, animal science, physiology, or zoology to name a few.
Work at a hospital, medical office, non-profit, science museum, zoo, veterinary office, university, food manufacturer (in research or quality control), an environmental company, or go to work for the government or a private research company in the area of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, fisheries, forestry or natural resources. Consider teaching, or tutoring. Be a missionary.
Be a better scout leader, park guide, foster care provider, senior nutrition assistant, or short-term missionary.
Inquiry-based learning and collaborative student research are built into the core of the biology program and you can choose between an internship and extensive research with a research advisor. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose between two tracks and more than a dozen elective courses to fit your career goals.
COURSES IN THE BIOLOGY MAJOR
COURSES IN THE BIOLOGY MINOR
Program Director: Paul Allee, Ph.D.
Ph.D. University of Oregon
B.S. University of Southern Maine
Dr. Allee arrived at NCU in 2014. He teaches a variety of courses within the Biology major and also serves as the Biology Program Director. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2005 at the University of Southern Maine where he also worked as full-time, NSF funded research assistant in Dr. David T.