Scientific study is not exclusive to secular schools. At its core, any scientific study is an exercise in discernment of God’s creation. From discovering the various chemical compounds and interactions found within God’s created natural environment to the study of the stars and space, God’s handiwork is evident in His creation. The study of Biology and its related fields is truly the study of physical life itself in its varied forms. Christian Universities Online (CUO) is happy to present the Top 10 Christian College Biological Degree Programs for 2017. When considering a major, it is critical to include as many options as practical. By creating this shortlist of Biological Degree programs that warrant a closer look, we are desiring to assist in the decision-making process by completing some of the research for you. CUO has researched, compiled and reviewed the data in order to present this list of the best of the best when it comes to the study of Biology and its related fields. Our hope is to help students make their best choice when selecting a school to earn their degree in Biological fields.
We began with collected publicly available data for these schools in the following categories: 1) Number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the biological fields, 2) Faculty-to-student ratio, 3) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 4) Selectivity, 5) Overall retention rate and 6) Overall graduation rate. The number of degree programs category received a slightly higher weight with all other categories receiving equal weight in calculating the final ranking. Lastly, each school considered had to be a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or be member eligible.
Eastern University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, Eastern University was founded in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Established for the purpose of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination, it was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 the school was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school became known as Eastern College and in 2005 achieved university status; in 2005 the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, Eastern University’s mission is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.” The University has a total enrollment figure of over 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1954. A wide range of academic programs are offered through its several colleges and seminary including the College of Arts and Sciences which offers a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In addition to these, the University’s Biology Department also offers a related major in Environmental Science (B.S.). Eastern University’s Biology lab capabilities include anatomy and physiology labs, cell biology tools, and much more. Undergraduate research opportunities abound and students have access to the University’s student research lab which is designed to be used for independent research projects in areas including cellular and molecular biology, parasitology, and biochemistry.
- Biological Studies
- Environmental Science
Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America and established in 1876, Calvin College takes its name from the well-known Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, who was a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. The College’s motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Calvin College’s mission is to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” The College is located on a large, 400 acre campus; nearly a dozen academic buildings are located on the campus, including the College’s Science Building which houses several of Calvin College’s science departments and includes half of the Calvin-Rehoboth Robotic Observatory which is open to the public. Calvin College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.
Calvin College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1930. The College’s department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a Biochemistry major with an option for ACS (American Chemical Society) certification as well as a minor in. In addition, the Department of Biology also offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an optional Neuroscience concentration. An Environmental Science major with a Biology Emphasis, a Bachelor of Arts in Biology Secondary Education, and minors in Biology, Biology Secondary Education and Integrative Biotechnology are also offered. Opportunity for undergraduate research abounds at Calvin College; the Biology Department offers extensive research programs which are funded through more than $6 million in grants given from organizations such as the National Science Foundation.
College of the Ozarks (commonly referred to as C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Point Lookout, Missouri on a beautiful on a 1,000 acre campus. Established in 1906 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., C of O is high unique in the fact that students are not charged for their tuition, but rather participate in a study-work program in exchange for tuition – a practice which has earned the College the nickname of “Hard Work U”. Through a combination of state grants, scholarships and the school’s on-campus work program all costs for a student’s education are completely covered. Placing a strong emphasis on “character” education, C of O is committed to providing students with a quality Christian education, especially those students who are found worthy but lack sufficient means for obtaining such an education. C of O openly discourages debt and does not participate in any federal, state or private loan programs; the university further leads by example and has no institutional debt of any kind.
College of the Ozarks has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, all of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the real-world work experience the school’s tuition program provides, C of O offers a range of academic programs with more than 40 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs. In the area of biological sciences, C of O offers a single major in Biology. Students who select the Biology major have the option of choosing one or more areas of academic emphasis, including Human/ Molecular Biology, Ecology and Field Biology, Conservation and Wildlife Management (an Interdisciplinary program with Agriculture), and/ or Biology Education (which is taken as a double major with secondary education.
Seattle Pacific University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Seattle, Washington. Established in 1891 in conjunction with the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church, the school was originally called the Seattle Seminary. In 1913 the school became known as the Seattle Seminary and College and in 1915 adopted the name of Seattle Pacific College. Today, the mission of Seattle Pacific University is to be a “Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.” The University’s main campus is situated on 43 acres in the northern end of Queen Ann Hill, approximately four miles north of downtown Seattle. Seattle Pacific University also owns and operates two satellite campuses, including a wilderness field station on Blakely Island in the San Juan Islands which specializes in biology.
Seattle Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,200 students, including more than 3,200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate-levels and is made up of several schools and the College of Arts & Sciences which, through the Division of STEM and Social Sciences, offers several biological programs. The College’s Biology Department offers several biology majors, including a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Biology; Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology; and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Biology. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry also offers a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.
- Applied Human Biology
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
Located in Dallas, Texas on a beautiful 292 acre campus on the hills of Southwest Dallas, which overlooks the Mountain Creek Lake, Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. DBU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and was originally founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College – the first two-year institution of higher education in the state. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and changed its name to Dallas Baptist College before achieving university status in 1985. Today, DBU’s mission is “to provide Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” DBU has a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates with a student to faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 13 students.
Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and well over 100 master’s and doctoral programs. The University is comprised of several academic divisions, including College of Business, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Graduate School of Ministry. It is through the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics that DBU offers its biological programs, including Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science degrees in the areas of Biology, Cell Biology, and Macrobiology.
- Cell Biology
Union University is a private, Christian, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts-based institution. Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Union sits on a 290 acre urban campus approximately 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville. In addition to its main campus, the University also operates two extension campuses in Germantown and Henderson, Tennessee. Affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and established in 1823, Union holds the distinction of being the oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated institution. The mission of Union University is to provide a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.” Union University’s total enrollment figure reaches approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students with nearly all fifty states and more than 30 foreign nations represented in the student body.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Union University offers more than 100 programs of study across a broad range of academic fields. Union University’s College of Arts & Sciences offers a total of six undergraduate degrees in 32 programs of study through fifteen academic departments. Union University’s Biology department offers majors in Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Conservation Biology, as well as a Biology minor, while the Chemistry department offers a major in Biochemistry. Ideal for students who desire a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or veterinary medicine, biology students have access to the Human Gross Anatomy lab and hands-on opportunities including Union’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The majority of biology majors choose to participate in an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students also have the opportunity to participate in several study and travel programs across the U.S. and overseas.
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Conservation Biology
Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty University was established in 1971 and is affiliated with Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. In 1976 the school achieved university status and was renamed Liberty University; today Liberty University has grown to be one of the largest universities in the United States as well as the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” The University’s mission statement continues, stating that the University’s goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.” Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000 – including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Liberty University offers more than 500 programs of study including undergraduate, graduate, and online degree programs. Of these, several programs are devoted to the biological sciences, including residential Bachelor of Science degrees with majors in the areas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; General Biology; Biomedical Sciences; Biopsychology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Environmental Biology; and Zoo and Wildlife Biology. In addition to these, Liberty University also offers a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences – this degree option is available in both residential and online formats. Students of these majors also have the opportunity to join the Scientific Research Society (SRC), a student society designed to equip students “to become excellent scientists and researchers for the sake of Christ”, educating them on the various opportunities that are available to them at both Liberty and elsewhere.
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- General Biology
- Biomedical Sciences
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Environmental Biology
- Zoo and Wildlife Biology
- Biomedical Sciences
Whitworth University, located in Spokane, Washington, is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Whitworth University was established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy, located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College, named in honor of its founder and in 1899 relocated to Tacoma; by 1914 the school had again moved, this time to its current location of Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University; this change was officially adopted in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,600, including over 2,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and college. The College of Arts & Sciences supports the University’s general education for all undergraduate students and consists of several academic departments including the Mathematics and Computer Science Department which offers a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics; the Biology Department which offers a Bachelor of Arts /Bachelor of Science in Biology; the Chemistry Department which offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Biochemistry Track; and the Physics Department which offers a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics.
Located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah College is a private, Christian institution of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences. Established in 1909, Messiah College is currently non-denominational, though for many years it was affiliated with its founding denomination, the Brethren in Christ Church. At its founding, the school was known as the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home and was originally located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – about ten miles away from its current location. By the very early 1950s the school began offering four-year college programs and was renamed Messiah College in 1951. Today, the College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.” Messiah College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including over 2,800 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.
Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. The College’s School of Science, Engineering and Health offers several biological degrees through the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department Chemistry and Biochemistry. These include undergraduate majors in Biology, Biomedical Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cellular Biology, Ecological Biology, General Biology, Molecular Biology, and Organismal Biology. In addition to these, Messiah College also offers several unique 3+ Programs where students put three years towards a bachelor’s degree at Messiah College plus additional study at a partner institution, graduating with an undergraduate and graduate degree in an accelerated time frame. A 3+4 Doctor of Pharmacy is offered with the University of the Sciences (USciences) and includes a B.A. in Biochemistry, which is then followed by four years at the USciences to complete the doctor of pharmacy degree.
- Biomedical Biology
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cellular Biolog
- Ecological Biology
- General Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Organismal Biology
- Biopsychology (3+ Program)
- Biochemistry (3+ Program)
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Lipscomb University is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts university. Founded in 1891 by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding Lipscomb University was originally known as the Nashville Bible School; later the school was renamed in honor of founder David Lipscomb who donated his estate to serve as the school’s campus. Lipscomb University is the alma mater of several prominent ministers in the Church of Christ movement and to this day the university remains thoroughly affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The primary mission of Lipscomb University is to “integrate Christian Faith and practice with academic excellence.” The University’s mission statement continues, “This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and larger community.” Lipscomb University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000 students, including nearly 3,000 undergraduates. More than 30 religious preferences are represented in Lipscomb University’s student body, as are nearly all 50 states and 45 foreign nations.
Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954. More than 140 fields of undergraduate study are offered by the University as well as several pre-professional programs, adult degree programs, and more than two dozen master’s and doctoral degrees. Included among these are several programs the cover the biological sciences; these included undergraduate degrees in Applied Biochemistry (B.A. or B.S. with optional Pharmacy emphasis), Biochemistry (B.A. or B.S), Biology (B.A. or B.S with optional Pharmacy emphasis), Bioscience and Philosophy (B.S.), Molecular Biology (B.A. or B.S.) and Biomedical Physics (B.S.). Graduate-level degrees including a Master of Science in Bimolecular Science and Master of Science in Molecular Biology are also offered.
- Applied Biochemistry (Pharmacy Emphasis)
- Biomedical Physics
- Biomolecular Science
- Bioscience and Philosophy
- Molecular Biology