Life is infinitely complex. Every living thing, from the smallest bacteria to the largest mammals, operates in a world of interactions. This interconnectedness is what makes the study of life so rich and significant. By improving our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in, we can become better stewards of our role within life's complexities.
At PLNU, you will join others who find the intricacies of life exciting, fascinating, and rewarding. The Department of Biology offers numerous ways for you to connect and apply your passions with four undergraduate degrees, a fabulous pre-health program, multiple options for biology and interdisciplinary minors, a nationally recognized undergraduate research program, and California's only general biology master's degree designed for working professionals. If you are planning to major in biology, you should take the following in high school: one biology class, advanced/honors biology (recommended, could be AP, but not necessary), one chemistry class, advanced/honors chemistry (recommended, could be AP, but not necessary), one physics class, and pre-calculus.
If Walls Could Talk
In 2008, PLNU partnered with CarrierJohnson + CULTURE, a San Diego-based architecture and interior design firm, to facilitate the design of what would be PLNU’s new science facility.
As a biology major interested in medicine, Tommy O'Neil finds his time at PLNU has brought him closer to his future profession, and provided him with meaning and purpose in his day-to-day life.
Walter Cho, Ph.D.
Dr. Walter Cho, PLNU assistant professor of biology, submerges himself in his work.
After 21 years as a science teacher, Myles Vandegrift (88) has no doubt the classroom is where he is called to be.
The compassion Grant Abass (16) experienced at PLNU has not only grown and shaped him, but has helped him find his purpose in healing and transforming the lives of others.
Caleb Bryce, Ph.D.
In graduate school, Caleb M. Bryce, Ph.D. (11) trained dogs how to run on a treadmill. It was cute, he says, but it was to study the effects of domestication and intensive artificial selection on the running performance of various breeds in comparison to their shared wild cousin, the wolf.
PLNU's robust pre-health program prepares and equips you for health professions schools in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine.
Department of Biology Programs
A science education cultivates deep critical thinking skills, creates unique opportunities for original research, and opens up minds to the wonders of the natural world, preparing you for an abundance of meaningful career opportunities. Programs in biology, biology-chemistry, pre-health, and environmental science offer the opportunity to confidently integrate and apply your faith, knowledge, and skill toward your passions and interests.
Opportunities for Engagement
Developing into a world citizen doesn't only happen inside the walls of the classroom — it happens by coming face-to-face with new opportunities, people, places, and ideas. From spending summers on important research with a group of diverse peers to engaging in intellectual conversations around faith and science at a Science and Religion Club meeting, the Department of Biology offers many opportunities for meaningful engagement.
Department News & Events
Dr. Walter Cho Embarks on Five-Week Expedition to Study Submarine Volcanoes
Dr. Ken Rubin and his research team, including PLNU faculty Dr. Walter Cho, were given the opportunity to return to the Meta Volcano group in November 2017 to study the marvels of submarine volcanoes for five weeks. Considered to be one of the most active underwater volcano sites in the world, it is located in the Pacific Ocean in the waters off of Tonga and is composed of an estimated thirty discrete volcanoes over a 50 x 50 km area.
Our faculty serve as both teachers and mentors, committed to guiding you toward a full and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas and engage complex and difficult questions, you'll have access to an environment devoted to the pursuit of truth. An education at PLNU is both transformative and meaningful.
If you would like to learn more about the Department of Biology or any of our majors and minors, please reach out to us!
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