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Bachelor of Science


Program Overview

William Jessup University’s Biology Program is dedicated to providing students with the personal support and intellectual skills to master core principles and competencies in the life sciences and to apply their knowledge, from a Christian ethos, in the service of humanity. Students of Biology will be trained how to think ‘beyond’ the life sciences, to integrate concepts from diverse disciplines. The multidisciplinary approach in Biology naturally gives rise to novel solutions and new discoveries, creating opportunities for WJU graduates, as Christian critical thinkers, to impact society and lead in new fields.

Program Details

  • Apply for professional degree programs, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, veterinarian
  • Apply to allied health programs, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiological tech, ultrasound tech, and many more.
  • Apply to Allied Health programs – Physicians Assistant, Pharmacology Tech
  • Teach in secondary education
  • Cellular and molecular research
  • Ocean and fisheries management
  • Pursue graduate research programs in biology and marine biology
  • Rigorous ‘Pre-Med’ curriculum with lower and upper division coursework in biology, chemistry and mathematics
  • Diverse multidisciplinary course offerings that explore the convergence of the life sciences with diverse fields such as business, religion, psychology, sociology, public policy, and the arts
  • Travel studies incorporating academics, missions and culture
  • Hands-on learning in modern labs
  • Experiential learning through internships and research experiences
  • Christ-centered, missions-minded faculty
  • Guaranteed course enrollment
  • Personalized Advising
  • WASC Accredited

BIOL101 Principles of Biology l

Introduces biological principles that underlie the cellular basis of life. Course topics include biomolecules, cell structure and function, cellular energetics, molecular conveyance of information, cell division, reproduction, development, and genetic inheritance. Students will learn and apply scientific skills, approaches, and strategies to solve problems and to interpret observations in both lecture and lab.

4 units

BIOL102 Principles of Biology II: Ecology, Speciation, and Biodiversity

Introduces principles underlying the diversity and interconnectedness of living organisms. The course includes a survey of plant and animal phyla, examines the genealogical relationship between living organisms, and explores the processes that shape biodiversity. The course also covers general principles of ecology, including population dynamics and properties that define the major ecosystems.

4 units

BIOL176 Origins

Evaluates the scientific evidence for a creator and discusses numerous models of creation from a biblical, theological, and scientific perspective. The course will include in‐depth analysis of the creation account in Genesis, considering historical and cultural settings, important theological concepts, and how various interpretive viewpoints have contributed to current conceptual frameworks of creation. The course will also examine the scientific data in support of each of the frameworks or models of creation.

3 units

PHYS101L Physics for Life Sciences I Lab

Students are introduced to basic concepts of physics using algebraic and trigonometric techniques. Topics include Newton’s laws of motion, energy and momentum, conservation laws, and thermal properties of matter. Course includes a mandatory lab component. Successful completion of this course requires passing both PHYS101 and PHYS101L with a C‐ or better in a concurrent semester. Satisfies general education science lab requirements if taken concurrently with PHYS101L.

3 units

BUS190 Business Statistics

An overview of the theory and business application of statistical concepts including: collection and presentation of data; measure of central values and spread; probability as a measure of uncertainty; sampling and sampling distribution of the sample average estimation via confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; regression and correlation.

3 units

BIOL341. Genes and Gene Expression

Evaluates nucleic acid structure and function; chromosomal structure, gene structure, expression, and regulation; replication; transcription and translation; transmission genetics; and transgenesis.

4 units

BIOL341. Genes and Gene Expression

A capstone course for biology students in their senior year, Bioethics requires the integration of principles studied in the first through third year curriculum in the critical analysis of ethical issues raised by contemporary medicine and biology. Possible topics include euthanasia, abortion, reproductive technologies, genetic engineering, cloning, practitioner/patient relationships, allocation of medical resources, and experimentation on human subjects. Emphasis is on Christian perspectives and well‐reasoned application of biblical principles

3 units

Introduction to Chemistry with Lab and Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab OR General Chemistry I with Lab and General Chemistry II with Lab (required for Human Biology)*

Introduction to Chemistry with Lab: This is a mandatory lab component of CHEM105 and must be taken concurrently. Successful completion of this course requires passing both CHEM105 and CHEM105L with a C‐ or better in a concurrent semester. Laboratory exercises provide students with hands on applications of principles discussed in lecture. Formerly Introduction to General Chemistry Lab.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab: Course includes a mandatory lab component (CHEM106L) that must be taken concurrently. Successful completion of this course requires passing both CHEM106 and CHEM106L with a C‐ or better in a concurrent semester. A study of the major classes of organic compounds, including nomenclature structure, properties, intermolecular forces, and types of reactions. This course then applies the concepts of organic chemistry to the structure and function of biomolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, and DNA and RNA. The course is designed to meet the requirements for certain nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, agriculture, and forestry programs, and helps satisfy general education science requirements

General Chemistry I with Lab: Course includes a mandatory lab component (CHEM110L) that must be taken concurrently. Successful completion of this course requires passing both CHEM110 and CHEM110L with a C‐ or better in a concurrent semester. A major level course covering atomic structure, organization of the periodic table, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, physical and chemical changes of elements and compounds, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, properties of solutions, gas laws, and thermochemistry. Intended for students planning professional school studies in medicine or graduate studies in life science .

General Chemistry II with Lab: Course includes a mandatory lab component (CHEM111L) that must be taken concurrently. Successful completion of this course requires passing both CHEM111 and CHEM111L with a C‐ or better in a concurrent semester. A continuation of CHEM110 covering kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Intended for students planning professional school studies in medicine or graduate studies in life sciences.

3 units

MATH140. Calculus I

Students with a three or higher on the AP Calculus A/B or AP Calculus B/C exam may meet their GE mathematics requirement. However, a four or higher is required to receive credit for Calculus I. Fundamentals of calculus including functions, limits and continuity, differentiation, and integration.

4 units
  • Demonstrate both a theoretical and a practical mastery of biology across a broad scope of disciplines, ranging from molecular to ecosystem biology.
  • Demonstrate appropriate laboratory techniques and mastery of basic laboratory skills in multiple fields of biology.
  • Demonstrate mastery of scientific method and the art of critical thinking, associated cognitive skills in the formulation of a problem, data gathering and analysis, and interpretation of results to address practical questions in biology.
  • Recognize and develop connections between other academic disciplines and the biological sciences and appreciate the social relevance of biology.
  • Recognize and articulate how the created world reflects God’s goodness and wisdom in its richness, order, beauty, diversity, and interconnectivity.
  • Agribusiness
  • Animal Production
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Government
  • Humanitarian Service
  • Life Science Research
  • Medicine and Allied Health
  • Policy

Environmental Science Concentration

The Environmental Science program places strong emphasis on experiential scientific training in the field allowing students to explore greater breadth and diversity in their academic experiences, interests, and scientific training. Students will learn in the classroom and lab setting, but also apply their knowledge outside the classroom with fieldwork and internships.

Dr. Michael McGrann is building an ambitious ecological research project that will involve students in WJU’s Environmental Science program. Faculty and student research assistants walk hundreds on the PCT while collecting data using novel, noninvasive survey techniques. The goal of this project is to track the population trends and distributions of hundreds of wildlife species, and their habitats, along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT). It is referred to as the PCT Biodiversity Megatransect. The PCT is a continuous hiking trail that runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border along the mountain ranges of California, Oregon, and Washington (2,650 miles long). This is also a collaborative research project with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as well as faculty from other campuses.

Goals and Objectives

  • Track the population trends and distributions of hundreds of wildlife species, and their habitats, along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT)
  • Inform conservation decisions that protect biodiversity in the remote mountain regions of the Pacific Crest Trail

This program consists of three research- and field-oriented courses within the Biodiversity Study Program that provide a rich undergraduate experience, emphasizing academic excellence and research exploration for academically gifted students.This program provides an additional 15 units of specialized study and scholarly research beyond the original degree requirements which allows graduates to have special recognition upon graduation.

For the additional 15 units that are required, choose from the following:

  • ESCI 442 Field Research in Ecology (5 units)
  • ESCI 497 Research Assistantship in the Environmental Science (up to 2 semesters at 5 units each).
  • BIOL 495 Molecular Methods (5 units)

Students taking these courses will participate directly in the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Megatransect research (see below). Students may choose to enroll separately in the field course on the PCT (ESCI 442 Field Research in Ecology, see course description below), or either of the other two courses (ESCI 497 Research Assistantship, BIOL 495 Molecular Methods) and students may apply these courses as upper division credit toward their degree at their respective institutions. Students may also choose to enroll in the complete Honors Program (15 additional semester units beyond the student’s original degree requirements). See below for course requirements for the Honors Program.

The field course on the PCT (ESCI 442) is open to both WJU and non-WJU students across majors (both science and non-science majors) of good academic standing and who have good observation skills, a desire for adventure, ability to work in a wilderness setting, and a passion for science (see application materials for students qualifications). The Honors Program is also open to WJU and non-WJU students across majors in natural sciences (e.g., environmental science, biology, etc.).

Apply to the Program

Please download the Application and Faculty Reference PDF forms below. Email completed forms to Dr. Michael McGrann at this address:

  • Formulate a personal set of moral principles, or an ethic, on the environment that is centered on Christian faith and biblical
    principles and further informed by secular viewpoints.
  •  Articulate a thorough understanding of the general natural sciences, including biology, physics, chemistry, and earth
  •  Articulate a thorough understanding of several specialized disciplines within the environmental sciences, including ecology
    and evolution, environmental chemistry, botany, soil science, natural history, and wildlife science.
  • Be proficient at scientific and technical reading and writing and perform analyses of environmental datasets.
  • Be proficient in the use of geographic information systems in environmental analyses.
  • Think critically and express a keen awareness of current environmental crises as well as potential solutions at the local,
    regional, and global levels.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of environmental laws, regulations, and policies and their historical context.
  • Express an understanding of the role of environmental literature and history in shaping our modern society’s relationship
    to nature.

Major employers for our graduates in California, nationally, and internationally include:

United States Federal government

· USDA – Forest Service
· National Park Service
· Bureau of Land Management
· United States Geological Survey
· United States Fish and Wildlife Service
· United States Bureau of Reclamation
· National Resource Conservation Service
· Environmental Protection Agency
· United States Defense Department
· Army Corps of Engineers

State Government (California)

· California Department of Fish and Wildlife
· California Department of Water Resources
· California Department of Parks and Recreation
· California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE)
· California Department of Food and Agriculture
· California Energy Commission
· California Environmental Protection Agency

County and City government

· Planning department
· Water and natural resource department
· Parks and recreation department
Private corporations
· Energy industry
· Timber industry
· Agribusinesses
· Environmental consulting
· And many more

Nonprofit conservation organizations

· The Nature Conservancy
· Point Blue Conservation Science
· Institute for Bird Populations
· Ducks Unlimited
· And many more

Recent graduates and current environmental science students have worked for the following organizations:

· California Department of Fish and Wildlife
· Institute for Bird Populations
· Sierra Streams Institute
· ECORP environmental consulting
· Placer County Conservation Program
· Land IQ
· Placer County Water Agency

Michael C. McGrann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Concentration Advisor
Environmental Science
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Bachelor of Science

BS in Biology


Allied Health
Environmental Science
Human Biology (pre-med)
Marine Biology



Program Advisor

John Richert, PhD

Program Advisor


Faculty & Staff

Fungai Mukome, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry

George R. Stubblefield, D.C., IDE, ACSM

Dean, Faculty of Health, Applied, & Natural Sciences, Professor, Biology

Matt Klauer

Lab Manager

Roman Zhizitksy

Lab Assistant

Stephanie Everhart, Ph.D.

Chair of Office of Academic Research, Associate Professor, Chemistry

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