BACHELORS DEGREE | BIOLOGY: GENERAL TRACK

Degree Overview

 

If you are interested in biology and are seeking a flexible preparation for further work in other science professions or in research, the general track of Maranatha’s Biology major is your best choice.

This program provides ample opportunities to study plants and animals, classify various forms of organisms, make observations, analyze evidence, and solve problems in a quest to increase your understanding of the world God created.

Program Outcomes

  • Command of basic concepts of biology on the molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological level, as demonstrated by a C- or above in General Biology 1 and 2.
  • Understand the taxonomy, anatomy, and physiology of animals and human as demonstrated with a C- or above in General Biology 1&2 and Anatomy and Physiology 1&2.
  • Understand the basis of the microbial world including microbe-human interactions with applications in healthcare as demonstrated by a C- or above in Microbiology.
  • Understand basic chemical structures and reactions as demonstrated by a C- or above in General Chemistry 1&2, Organic Chemistry 1.
  • Understand common biochemical processes as demonstrated by a C- or above in Biochemistry.
  • Understand and apply basic principles of statistics with applications to scientific research, as demonstrated by a C- or above in Probabilities and Statistics.
  • Be able to compose scientific papers as demonstrated by a C- or above in Technical Writing, and a passing grade on an original report of scientific research in Ecology Cell and Molecular Biology or Biochemistry.
  • Belief in young-earth creationism. Be able to defend the Christian faith Biblically as demonstrated by a C- or above in Modern Creationary Thought and Apologetics.
  • Demonstrate a broad variety of knowledge and field work skills in botany, zoology, and ecology as demonstrated by a C- or above in Botany, Vertebrate Zoology, Ecology, and Laboratory & Field Investigations.
  • Command of the basic knowledge and skills to conduct laboratory research in genetics and molecular biology, as demonstrated by a C- or above in Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology 1&2, and Molecular Genetics Research.
  • As leaders in local churches and society, students are to demonstrate a well-rounded education with a C- or above in the humanities and Bible core courses.

Suggested Course Schedule

1st Year

Semester 1

  • General Biology 1 (4)
  • General Chemistry 1 (4)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • General Biology 2 (4)
  • General Chemistry 2 (4)
  • The Modern World (3)

Total Credits: 17

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

Related Minors

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities: Cross Cultural

 

Potential Career Fields

  • Botanist
  • Biochemist
  • Ecologist
  • Physiologist
  • Science educator
  • Physiologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Park ranger
  • Zoo biologist
  • Medical researcher

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT | ANDREA RAY

Andrea Ray ('11) defended her dissertation in the summer of 2017 for her PhD in Microbiology and Food safety at Purdue University. Her research focuses on determining the variation in virulence and susceptibility to food safety measures within populations of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica. She co-authored a research article in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease in January 2015 based on her work with Listeria monocytogenes. In addition to conducting her PhD research, she has served as a teaching assistant for two microbiology courses and supervised a number of undergraduate researchers. Most recently, she helped train three Afghan professors from the University of Herat, Afghanistan, in food safety techniques, enabling them to start their own food technology program in Herat. She is part of the student leadership team at Graduate Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Purdue and attends a church in the area.   

MBU Program Faculty

Meet some of the people in who lead this program

Timothy Veenstra - Faculty

Timothy Veenstra

College of Arts and Science | Professor

Credentials

PhD, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

BS, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada

Marcos Garza-Madrid - Faculty

Marcos Garza-Madrid

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor

Credentials

PhD Engineering Sciences/Biotechnology, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiories de Monterrey, Monterrey, NL, Mexico

BMed, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiories de Monterrey, Monterrey, NL, Mexico

Marvin Stephens - Faculty

Marvin Stephens

College of Arts and Science | Professor

Credentials

PhD Chemistry, University of Nebraska

BS Chemistry, Cedarville College

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Jodi Herbert

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor

Credentials

PhD Mathematics, Kansas State University

MS Mathematics, Kansas State University

BS Mathematics Education, Maranatha Baptist University

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