Department Of

Biology Degree Programs


Discover the Science of Life

Biology is the science of life. Sounds simple, right? A nice six-word definition. Yet behind this definition is every living organism on earth, every vital process, and a whole lot of unknowns. That’s what is exciting, though: There is always more to discover.

At Huntington University, our Christian liberal arts setting puts us in a unique place to explore every aspect of biology. 

Get ready to grow in:
  • assessing multiple perspectives
  • assessing multiple perspectives articulating the role of faith in science
  • experiencing science in a personal way
  • facilitating environmental change
  • collaborating on vital research projects
  • stewardship of natural resources

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology

Build a foundation that will prepare you for any career you could imagine.

Take key biology courses:

  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Environmental Resources
  • Genetics
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Principles of Chemistry 1-2
  • Seminar in Biology
  • Zoology

Then choose electives in biology and other areas to create a customized biology degree that reflects your diverse interests.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology

Prepare for work in the industry, research, entrance into professional programs, or graduate school. In-depth biology training in the sciences means you are ready for whatever career move comes next. 

Start with key biology, chemistry, and physics courses, then select from a variety of other biology and environmental science courses, including but not limited to:

  • Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Comparative Embryology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Ecology
  • General Microbiology
  • Human Physiology
Pre-Med Specialization

This Bachelor of Science degree emphasis will prepare you for graduate study in any health-related field, from medical practice to optometry to physician assistant studies. Courses in this program of study include electives that are also prerequisites for medical school.

Pre-Veterinary Specialization

The Bachelor of Science degree emphasis benefits from a close connection with our Department of Agriculture and fantastic resources in animal science by combining them with foundational biology studies. 

Take courses like

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Science
  • Comparative Embryology
  • Ecology (or Agroecology)
  • Environmental Resources
  • Nutrition of Farm Animals
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology Education

Receive rigorous training in biology and comprehensive experience in education courses, field experiences, and student teaching. When you graduate, you will be licensed to teach grades 5-12 in biology and 5-8 science.

Take science courses like

  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Resources
  • General Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Human Physiology
  • Physical Geography
  • Zoology
Biology graduates at Huntington University have a 96% acceptance rate into med schools of their choice.
230 Acres
HU is home to 230 acres of land, including Thornhill Nature Preserve containing 75 acres of forest preserve for research and exploration.
In the last five years, over 20 students have been accepted to collaborate with faculty on research projects.

You might be a future biologist if…

If you are curious about the world we live in—so curious that you’re compelled to research what you don’t understand, driven by data to determine your path forward—a biology major is a great fit for you. 

As you study biology at Huntington University, you’ll be met with opportunities to channel that curiosity through both academic and experiential learning. Whether your excitement stems from environmentally-minded initiatives, medical research, or something similar, our program is as rich as it is rigorous, and our graduates are bringing biology study to life in a variety of careers.

Together, we are breathing life into science.

Career Opportunities
  • Research scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Government agency roles
Agriculture, Biology, and Botany Courses
Dr. Bruce Evans
Professor of Biology

“Always be willing to discard old ideas that have been shown not to be true. It is too easy to hold on to what you have learned when more recent research suggests something else is more likely to be true.”

Emily Yarman, PA
Biology Pre-Med (2014)

“One of the most impactful things I did while at HU was get to know professors. From them, I learned how to analyze and challenge the world around me, how to lend a hand and live with empathy, how to advocate for what I believe in, and how to cling to the Truth, even when it isn’t found where you expect it.”

Mica Allen
Biology (2024)

“HU is by far the greatest decision I have made. The biology program is very thorough and taught extremely well. I feel that I will be prepared for my future plans.” 

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Hands-On Experiential Learning

To truly breathe life into science, you need to experience what you are studying in an up-close and personal way. That’s why practical learning is built into our curriculum.
Internships and Real-World Learning
Internship opportunities at regional hospitals, research labs, and local schools, are widely available for HU students. Off-campus summer courses in environmental science or ecology are also available at the Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies in Michigan. Experiential learning is even happening in our own backyard with class trips to forests, dams, waterways, and HU’s own nature preserve.
Competitive Research Opportunities
As a result of our University’s size and dedication to excellence, you will gain direct access to competitive research and funding opportunities, including work with PhD faculty. From independent research projects, faculty-led initiatives, and research collaborations with other natural science departments, you will leave your mark on the science of life while stewarding God’s creation.
State-of-the-Art Equipment and Facilities
Practical learning is built into our curriculum, and state-of-the-art equipment is the standard. With amazing facilities, including two greenhouses, an Anatomage virtual dissection table, and several indoor and outdoor research and teaching labs, your courses will be packed with experiential learning to equip you for your future career.

Why Choose HU?

Christ-Centered Focus
In addition to providing you with a nationally-recognized education, we aim to help you experience the cross-section between faith and education. Discover who God wants you to be alongside a close-knit, Christ-centered community. When you’re at HU, you’re home.
Cost of Attendance
Huntington University is dedicated to providing several paths for financial assistance as you invest in your education and future. Each student’s financial aid package is unique and complements our competitive tuition. Online tools are available to help you calculate your investment.


Take the next step towards your biology degree!