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Overview | Biology

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

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehensively explain concepts and issues in biology.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design experiments to test original hypotheses using appropriate laboratory or field procedures.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply science and mathematics in the analysis and interpretation of data from lab experiments.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to present scientific research and critical analysis in oral presentations and technical writing.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use scientific knowledge to declare the glory of the Creator as revealed in the Bible and His creation.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to function as a servant leader in a team environment.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

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

Total Credits: 16


Semester 2

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


Total Credits: 17

Semester 1

hristian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Modern Creationary Thought (3)
Humanities Elective* (3)
Probability and Statistics (3)
Technical Writing (3)

Total Credits: 15

*Students planning to go to medical school should choose General Psychology and Intro. to Sociology


Semester 2

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4)
Microbiology (4)
Calculus 1 (5)
Baptist Heritage (3)


Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4)
Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
Biochemistry 1 (4)
General Physics 1 (4)

Total Credits: 16


Semester 2

Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
Biochemistry 2 (4)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
General Physics 2 (4)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)


Total Credits: 18

Semester 1

Cell and Molecular Biology 1 (3)
Literature Elective (3)
American Studies Elective (3)
Genetics (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

Total Credits: 15


Semester 2

Cell and Molecular Biology 2 (3)
Humanities Elective* (3)
Open Elective (4)
Apologetics (2)
Bible Elective (3)


Total Credits: 15

Related Majors

Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Physician Assistant

Related Minors


Potential Career Fields

Marine biologist
Zoo biologist

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

Alumni Spotlight

Several months before graduating from Maranatha, Brian Lundquist (’14) was accepted into the Physician Assistant program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Boston. “The science courses at Maranatha have provided a solid foundation for me to build upon as I pursue higher education in the medical field,” said Lundquist. “The exceptional instruction I received in the Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics Research courses has allowed me to better grasp the material I am studying currently and obtain success on a graduate level.” Lundquist plans to become a fully licensed Physician Assistant, which will allow him to “diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, perform surgeries, and provide general care” for patients.

Andrea Ray (’11)
Andrea Ray 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

Mr. Phil Price

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor
MAT Teaching Mathematics, University of Idaho
BS Mathematics Education, Maranatha Baptist University

Dr. Marcos Garza-Madrid

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor
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

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