Biology

BETTER UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD GOD HAS CREATED

A Biology degree allows you to study life, using the tools of science to understand the world God has created all around us. Knowing more about how life functions gives us new insights, both into the understanding of the creation and the Creator. Studying biological processes is incredibly complex and highly technical, but it also offers intense satisfaction.

IWU's Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology program will open the door to careers in medicine, research, and green technology. Your studies will address issues of personal well-being and worldwide concern such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and the maintenance of viable and abundant food supplies. This is a pursuit of new knowledge that will both challenge and inspire you. Students may also choose to earn an Associate of Science degree for quick entry into the workforce and a foundation for further education, or to minor in Biology as a supplement to another IWU major.

If you have a passion for understanding and working with life systems and enjoy studies that are both challenging and rewarding, then you should consider majoring in Biology at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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CORE COURSES

BIO-125,BIO-201,BIO-202,BIO-301,BIO-311,BIO-312,BIO-351,BIO-412,BIO-490

Students are not allowed to register for classes with numbers 300 if their GPA is below 2.5.

Because the study of biology relies heavily on a solid foundation in chemistry, students are required to take CHE-125 and CHE-126. These two courses fulfill the 10 credit hours in chemistry that are required as part of the Biology major.

Biology Electives

In addition to the biology core and chemistry requirements, the Department of Biology requires all Biology majors to complete five elective courses in biology (a minimum of 12 additional credit hours). Courses may be selected from the following list:

BIO-203,BIO-204,BIO-213,BIO-220,BIO-302,BIO-303,BIO-330,BIO-396,BIO-411,BIO-432,BIO-440,BIO-495,CHE-430,CHE-432

Au Sable courses above 200 are also eligible.

Although not required for the Biology major, it is highly recommended that students planning on applying to any of the various medical or graduate schools in the sciences should consider the following courses:

CHE-235,CHE-236,PHY-211,PHY-212,PHY-221,PHY-222,MAT-253,MAT-204

Requirements for the Biology major (B.S.)

A major in Biology requires 52 credit hours of coursework (42 credit hours in biology and 10 credit hours in chemistry). Only courses numbered 125 and above may be applied toward the major or a minor in Biology. All prerequisite courses require a grade of “C” or better.

To begin taking classes toward the Biology major, students must be eligible to take ENG-120 and have achieved the following: Math SAT I 480 (or MAT-120); ACT 21 (or MAT-120).


Biology Minor

BIO-125,BIO-201,BIO-490

Students are also required to take 15 credit hours of Biology electives at or above the 200 level.

Faculty

The faculty in the Biology department are exceptional teachers and excellent scholars. Below, you can see each of the full-time faculty and understand a bit more about what they teach and the research they are conducting. Several research projects are funded by internal grants and a few by external funds, such as those from the National Science Foundation and the Templeton Foundation. There are seven biologists - all of whom have PhDs - and two full-time lab instructors who assist with Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that individual.

Matthew Kreitzer; PhD Professor; Biology matthew.kreitzer@indwes.edu View Profile
Stephen Conrad; MS, PhD Assoc Prof; Biology stephen.conrad@indwes.edu View Profile
Grace Ju Miller; MS, PhD Prof; Biology Grace.Miller@indwes.edu View Profile
Daniel Jones; DDS, PhD Professor; Biology dan.jones@indwes.edu View Profile
Mark Asnicar; MS, PhD Asst Prof; Biology mark.asnicar@indwes.edu View Profile
Russell Schwarte; PhD Asst Prof; Biology russell.schwarte@indwes.edu View Profile
W Matthew Sattley; PhD Assoc Prof; Biology matthew.sattley@indwes.edu View Profile
Christopher Coy; MA Asst Prof; Biology chris.coy@indwes.edu View Profile