Students who pursue a Biology major will gain a broad-based foundation in the biological sciences that is necessary to pursue graduate work in biology or to pursue a career in the medical and environmental fields, in the laboratory, or other related areas. In addition to a broad overview of biology, students will also strengthen their scientific skills through participation in research trips, laboratory work and internship opportunities.
Simpson University's Biology major features small class and lab sizes, so students can get one-on-one attention from faculty members. Selected students also have the opportunity to do summer research projects with the science faculty.
- Students will be able to recall and articulate basic scientific concepts and processes.
- Students will be able to employ and apply appropriate laboratory techniques to obtain data.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in applying the scientific method and creating a mock grant proposal.
- Students will be able to read reviews of primary scientific literature and effectively present their findings.
- Students will be able to analyze one issue in biology that engenders controversy, present multiple view points on the issue, and articulate a Christian viewpoint with means of addressing the issue in public space.
Major Specific Resources
“I was encouraged to use my inquisitive nature to pursue questions about the world around me as well as have my eyes opened to questions I never knew existed. It is so fulfilling to be able to use my hands and literally work through an experiment or problem.” — Leanne Davis, Class of 2015
“I developed real relationships with my professors, who were able to eventually write me excellent letters of recommendation,” she said. “They always believed in me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. They did everything they could to help me get there.” — Erin (Brink) Hoffman, Class of 2011
Siby Sabu - 2013 Biology Graduate
"There was something about the way the (biology) program was set up and the way teachers interacted with students. Their heart behind why they wanted to do what they do just drew me in."
— Siby Sabu, Class of 2013 Biology Student
Kayla Holland - Current Biology and Spanish Student
"Being able to move into the new building in the fall is making science and nursing majors so much more passionate about our field of study."
— Kayla Holland - Biology and Spanish Student, Class of 2017