Department of Biology
Life, as biologists know, is infinitely complex. That's what makes the study of life so rich and significant. At PLNU, you will join others who find complexity exciting, fascinating, and rewarding. We offer four undergraduate degree programs, a fabulous pre-health program, three options for minors, and a nationally-recognized undergraduate research program.
Student Showcase - "And That’s PLNU"
What can you do with a degree in biology? Click here for information from the American Institute of Biological Sciences on various careers in the biological sciences.
PLNU Biology Department
Rohr Science Building, 1st Floor
PLNU offers California's only master's degree in general biology designed for educators. It is a unique and forward-thinking approach to graduate biology education. You will be challenged to think from multiple perspectives, and you will gain the deep understanding of biological concepts needed to share your knowledge with students in ways that are meaningful and effective.
"For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:16-17
Science Education Programs
Engaging programs like Perspectives on Science, Science Honors' Weekend, University NOW, WCBSURC, and visiting speakers like Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Randy Isaac, ASA are just a few ways science and community are converging at PLNU.
Undergraduate Research Program
Undergraduate Research at PLNU began in the mid 1970s through the efforts of Dr. Kenneth Hyde. Hundreds of students have traveled the world doing scientific research and going on to careers in science.
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Campaign for the Sciences
The new 32,900 square foot science facility in the heart of PLNU's campus will provide much needed space for teaching and research to continue to prepare the finest science graduates.
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