Bachelor of Science

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 Jessup graduates, as Christian critical thinkers, to impact society and lead in new fields.





Students with a B.S. in Biology will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills to explore and reveal God’s creation at the community, population, organismal, and bio-molecular level. This four-year degree program will provide students with a broad, trans-disciplinary perspective on life-sciences in one of three course concentrations: general biology, human biology, or pre-allied health. The B.S. in Biology consists of lower and upper division coursework in biology and supporting physical sciences and mathematics. The program is designed to give students rigorous preparation in biology while also providing a broader exposure to courses outside the major.

  • 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.
  • Rigorous 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
  • Course programs to support pre-medical / pre-health, pre-veterinary, or environmental science careers.
  • 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

Program Concentrations

Human Health

Program Courses

  • Major Courses (15 Units): The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements.
    • BIOL101/L | Principles of Biology I with Lab
    • PHYS101/L | Principles of Life Science I with Lab
    • BIOL176 | Origins: Intersection of Faith and Science
    • MATH120 | Statistics
  • Core Courses (26 Units)
    • BIOL102 / BIOL102L | Principles of Biology II: Ecology, Speciation, and Biodiversity
    • BIOL341 | Genetics
    • BIOL498 | Biology Senior Seminar
    • MATH140 | Calculus I
    • 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)*
      • CHEM105/L | Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
      • CHEM106/L | Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab
      • CHEM110/L | General Chemistry I with Lab
      • CHEM111/L | General Chemistry II with Lab

Biology Concentrations: Students must choose a concentration listed below.

  • General Biology Concentration (22 units)
    • ESCI131/ESCI131L | Earth and Environmental Science w/ Lab
    • ESCI210/ESCI210L | General Ecology w/ Lab
    • ESCI340/ESCI340L | Intro to Graphical Information Systems
    • Upper division BIOL/ESCI electives (may include internship). Must include at least one lab.
  • Human Health Concentration (22 units)
    • BIOL161 or BIOL261 | Nutrition: An Applied Approach
    • BIOL225/BIOL225L | Human Anatomy with Lab
    • BIOL246/BIOL246L | Human Physiology with Lab
    • BIOL361 | Nutrition and Metabolism
    • PSYCH452 | Biopsychology
    • Upper division biology electives (can include BIOL475)

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

Chemistry Minor Courses (24-25 units)*

  • CHEM 110/L | General Chemistry I w/Lab (5 units)
  • CHEM 111/L | General Chemistry II w/Lab (5 units)
  • CHEM 106/L Intro to Organic & Bio Chemistry w/Lab or CHEM 210/L | Organic Chemistry I w/Lab (5 units)
  • Chemistry Electives (Choose two)(9-10 units):
    • CHEM 211/L | Organic Chemistry II w/Lab
    • ESCI 320/L | Environmental Chemistry w/Lab
    • CHEM 350/L | Inorganic Chemistry w/Lab

*A minimum of 13 units must be used uniquely towards a Chemistry Minor, and not applied towards any other degree requirements. Therefore, if General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry are required for a student’s declared major, additional chemistry electives must be taken to satisfy a minimum of 25 units, including a minimum of 13 units uniquely applied towards the Chemistry Minor.

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

Stephanie Everhart, Ph.D.

Program Advisor

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Roman Zazhitskiy

Lab Manager – Biology

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Associate Professor - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Dean, Professor - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Associate Professor - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Lead Faculty - Biology, Associate Professor - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

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