At Bushnell University you’ll study biology in a Christ-centered environment that champions wisdom, faith, and service.

Whether you’re interested in medicine and health occupations, agriculture, ecology, research, physical therapy, or veterinary medicine, the biology program at Bushnell University can help you reach your goals. You’ll work closely with instructors and advisors to choose the courses, research projects, and internship opportunities that provide you with the best preparation and most competitive edge.

We encourage you to meet with an academic advisor or instructor by the end of your sophomore year to talk about your post-graduate plans. Your advisor will help you discover the pathway to reaching your career goals and fulfilling your calling.

Professional Pathways

Bushnell University students can prepare themselves for almost any biology-related graduate school from ecology to molecular biology; professional schools of dentistry to veterinary medicine; and post-baccalaureate employment from an arborist to zookeeper. Bushnell University biology majors are hearing the call to go and serve in education, health care, stewardship, the local church, and the mission field.

Career Opportunities

Professional Schools

Many professional schools require a degree, or significant course work in biology, including medical (MD or OD), dental, veterinary, nursing, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, radiology, speech therapy, audiology, ophthalmology, and occupational therapy schools.

Graduate Programs

Earn a master’s or doctoral degree in anatomy, molecular biology, marine biology, botany, forestry, animal science, physiology, or zoology to name a few.


Work at a hospital, medical office, non-profit, science museum, zoo, veterinary office, university, food manufacturer (in research or quality control), an environmental company, or go to work for the government or a private research company in the area of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, fisheries, forestry, or natural resources. Consider teaching, or tutoring. Be a missionary.


Be a better scout leader, park guide, foster care provider, senior nutrition assistant, or short-term missionary.

Campus Activities

Inquiry-based learning and collaborative student research are built into the core of the biology program and you can choose between an internship and extensive research with a research advisor. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose between two tracks and more than a dozen elective courses to fit your career goals.

Courses in the Biology Major

Prerequisites for Biology

  • General Biology with Lab
  • Introduction to Scientific Literature
  • Biodiversity with Lab
  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Organic and Biochemistry with Lab
  • Pre-calculus or Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechanics with Lab, or 
  • Introduction to Electromagnetism with Lab

Requirements for Biology

  • Genetics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I & II
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Senior Capstone
  • Applied Statistics
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Internship
    • Research
  • Choose 14 credits from the following:
    • Microbiology
    • Bioregulation
    • Developmental Biology
    • Special Topics
    • Advanced Molecular Biology
    • Advanced Organismal Biology
    • Organic Chemistry with Lab
    • Biochemistry
    • Kinesiology
    • Exercise Physiology and Neuromuscular Conditioning
    • Biomechanics
    • Introduction to Mechanics with Lab, or
    • Introduction to Electromagnetism with Lab (whichever is not fulfilling prerequisite requirement)

Courses in the Biology Minor

Prerequisites for the Minor

  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Organic and Biochemistry with Lab

Requirements for the Minor

  • General Biology with Lab
  • Introduction to Scientific Literature
  • Biodiversity with Lab
  • Any additional Upper Division Biology courses (12 credits)
Program Director
Paul Allee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology

Ph.D. University of Oregon B.S. University of Southern Maine Dr. Allee arrived at NCU in 2014. …