Biology, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you fascinated by the natural world and have always wondered why we are made the way we are? Do you have a desire to study life and all its physical properties, from the largest mammals to the smallest bacteria and viruses? With a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, you can leverage your strengths in analysis, exploration, problem-solving, and the sciences into finding answers within life's complexities and intricacies.

At PLNU, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of this dynamic field, which will prepare you for a wide range of occupations and specializations. Initial courses in biochemistry, organismal biology, and general chemistry introduce you to the processes, concepts, and theories of biology across a broad range of levels. Upper division courses like genetics, conservation ecology, microbiology, immunology, marine biology, and more will hone your critical thinking, knowledge, and quantitative skills that are essential for applying your education to a real-world setting.

Additionally, the Department of Biology offers minor areas of study where you'll be able to take classes in other academic disciplines, like computational science, business, and more. These minors offer the chance to specialize and gain in-depth, expert knowledge that will set you apart as you move onto a career in biology.

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Dawne Page, Ph.D.

Dr. Dawne Page, chair of the Department of Biology, teaches courses in genetics and immunology. Her research involves exploring B cell development and maturation in zebrafish, and she recently had her findings published in the medical journal Blood. We sat down with her to learn more about her journey in the sciences.

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You will also be able to work side-by-side with passionate and knowledgeable professors within classroom labs and field experience outings. Some other unique hands-on learning opportunities available are faculty-assisted research projects, internships, and even co-authoring scholarly papers for national and international scientific journals. You'll also have access to sophisticated instrumentation and computational resources for use in courses and labs, all housed within our new state-of-the-art science center. 

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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The E Word

Can Evolution and Christianity co-exist?

Biology Professor Dr. April Maskiewicz Presents at TEDxPLNU and introduces the The E Word.

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Career Opportunities

PLNU biology graduates are sought after for the ways they are able to confidently integrate and apply their faith, knowledge, and skill set to their work. Alumni have combined their passion for science and strong academic foundation into careers in education, biotechnology, government, industry, and more.

"Point Loma Nazarene University is one of those places that you never leave – it stays with you. The faculty provided the tools and framework to harmonize faith and vocation without a rigid blueprint. The science undergraduate research program provided a unique opportunity to work closely with these faculty, which helped me in graduate school."

Dominic Reisig, Class of 2002
Associate Professor, North Carolina State University Entomology Program

A Bachelor of Arts in Biology can lead to the following careers:

  • Laboratory technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Cancer researcher
  • Forensic scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Field biologist
  • Science educator
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Women & STEM

Women are underrepresented in most science, technology, engineering, and math fields. What are the various reasons for why this might be the case?

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