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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
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Bachelor of Science

BS in Biology


Allied Health
Human Biology (pre-med)
Marine Biology



Program Advisor

John Richert, PhD

Program Advisor



Faculty & Staff

Fungai Mukome, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemisty

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

Chair Division of Natural and Applied Sciences, Chair - Biology Department,

Matt Klauer

Lab Manager

Roman Zhizitksy

Lab Assistant

Stephanie Everhart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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