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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

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

Total Credits: 17

Semester 1

General Science Elective (4)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Probability and Statistics (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

Microbiology (4)
General Science Elective (4)
Calculus 1 (5)
Baptist Heritage (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Biochemistry 1 (4)
Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Technical Writing (3)

Total Credits: 14

Semester 2

Biochemistry 2 (4)
General Science Elective (4)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
American Studies Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Cell and Molecular Biology 1 (3)
Genetics (3)
Modern Creationary Thought (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Open Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Cell and Molecular Biology 2 (3)
General Science Elective (4)
Apologetics (2)
Bible Elective (3)
Open Elective (6)

Total Credits: 18

Alumni Spotlight

Michael and Emma Bagin (’15, ’16)
Michael and Emma Bagin have been located in central New Hampshire since 2019. After Michael graduated from MBU in Biology (’15), he completed his master’s degree with certification as a Physician Assistant from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. He gained experience first in the emergency department at Aspirus Riverview in Wisconsin Rapids, and now works in the ED at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Emma completed a degree in English (’16), worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum for a year, and then began to expand her photography business which she now works at full-time.

Andrea Ray (’11)
Andrea (Ray) Etter (’11) graduated from Purdue University in 2017 with her PhD in Microbiology and Food Safety. Since January 2019, she has served at the University of Vermont as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the role of bacterial stress tolerance in foodborne outbreaks and on determining how common Salmonella is in backyard chickens and chicks. She currently teaches two courses—Global Food Safety and Deadly Foods: Outbreak Investigation. She and her husband are also active in their local church where they co-lead a small group.

Related Majors

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Potential Career Fields

Marine biologist
Zoo biologist

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

MBU Program Faculty

Mr. Tim Meier

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor

MA Molecular Genetics, Washington University
MS Microbiology, Clemson University
BS Premed, Bob Jones University

Dr. Lane Hansel

College of Arts and Science | Chair

EdD, Educational Leadership, Bob Jones University
MS, Microbiology, Clemson University
MS, Biological Sciences, Clemson University (in progress)
MS, Counseling, Bob Jones University
BS, Biology, Bob Jones University

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