Major & Minor
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.
Students are well-prepared to pursue graduate school with hands-on scientific research, while being in a Christ-centered environment.
Why Choose Bushnell?
As a Biology major, students will learn in an environment centered around faith and science. Students will provided many opportunities to explore areas of scientific inquiry. Addionally, students will be well-equpped to pursue pre-professional programs, including, but not limited to: medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy and/or occupational therapy.
Graduates of this program will:
- Apply scientific foundations of chemistry and mathematics to the discipline of biology
- Demonstrate a solid foundation in biological principals in the areas of general biology, biodiversity, genetics, anatomy, physiology, molecular biology, organismal biology, population biology, evolution, ecology, and cellular biology
- Develop into critical thinkers
- Analyze and assess scientific literature
- Demonstrate the skills to plan and implement research in a field of emphasis using appropriate scientific methodology
- Be able to integrate faith and science
- Be prepared to pursue ongoing professional development in biology or related professional fields through graduate level study, professional schools, and through membership and participation in professional organizations
BIOL 310 Genetics
An introduction to classical Mendelian and contemporary molecular genetics. Topics include Mendelian patterns of inheritance, transmission genetics, chromosome structure and function, genetic mutation, chromosomal aberrations, the structure, function and control of genes, techniques in genetics and model organisms, cell-cycle dynamics, recombinant DNA mechanisms, population genetics.
BIOL 341 Bioregulation
The endocrine system, nervous system and immune system each secretes its own chemical Bioregulators: hormones, neurocrines and cytocrines. This course will provide students with an overview of Chemical Bioregulation by introducing them to the specialized fields of endocrinology, neurobiology and immunology and then considering the interactions of these systems as they regulate one other.
Beacon Points of Pride
- 100% of traditions undergraduates students graduate with at least 135 hours of field experience
- 190 company and school internship and field experience partners
- The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) reported a 100-percent pass rate for Bushnell students on the national exams (NCE & NCMHE) over the last year. Bushnell students score on average higher than the national averages on 12 of the 14 exam areas
- According to EDsmart.org, a nationaly recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, Bushnell University is ranked 2nd in the state of Oregon among fully accredited universities and colleges
A bachelors degree in Biology will prepare students to pursue graduate studies in the following areas:
This pathway emphasizes courses related to human health and disease in order to prepare students for admission to professional schools including medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
The courses recommended in this pathway focus on genetics, cell, molecular, and developmental biology as well as general and organic chemistry and biochemistry. The concentration best prepares students interested in pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. in Biology.
The courses recommended in this pathway offer students the best opportunity for the broadest exposure to all of the subdisciplines of biology providing students with the broadest opportunity to pursue a variety of careers in the biological sciences to further their education.
Potential careers with a bachelor’s degree in Biology include:
- Research Assistant
- Forensic Scientist
- Environmental Scientist
- Medical Labratory Technician
- Food Manufacturing (research or quality control)
Most students are interested in health-related fields and intern in clinical settings.
Life After Graduation
A sampling of where our graduates are employed include:
- University of Utah Hospital
- Research assistant at the University of Oregon
Additionally, here are some graduate programs that our former students are currently enrolled at:
- PhD Program in Microbiology at Arizona State University
- Master’s Program in Biomedical Science in Biotechnology at UC Denver
- St. George’s Medical School in Grenada
- Western University of Health Sciences Medical School