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Bachelor of Science

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 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

Allied Health
Environmental Science
Human Biology (pre-med)

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.

  • Human Biology Concentration (35 units)
    • BIOL345 | Pathophysiology
    • CHEM210/L | Organic Chemistry I with Lab
    • CHEM211/L | Organic Chemistry II with Lab
    • CHEM320/L | Principles and Methods of Biochemistry with Lab
    • MATH141 | Calculus II
    • PHYS111/L | Physics for Life Sciences II with Lab
    • Upper Division Biology electives (may include ESCI, select KINE, or select PSYC courses)
  • Pre-Allied Health Concentration (34 units)
    • BIOL161 | Nutrition: An Applied Approach
    • BIOL225/L | Human Anatomy with Lab
    • BIOL246/L | Human Physiology with Lab
    • BIOL336 | General Microbiology
    • BIOL361 | Nutrition and Metabolism
    • PSYC141 | Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC452 | Biopsychology
    • Upper Division Biology electives (may include ESCI, select KINE, or select PSYC courses)
  • General Biology Concentration (35 units)
    • ESCI210/L | General Ecology with Lab
    • Biology and Earth Science Electives with Labs
    • Upper Division Biology and Earth Science Electives
    • Free General Education Electives: *Students must complete a minimum of 36 units of upper division course work in order to graduate. To meet this requirement, some or all of the nine units of free electives taken for this concentration may need to be at the upper division level.
  • Environmental Science Concentration (34 units)
    • ESCI131/L | Earth and Environmental Science with Lab
    • ESCI210/L | General Ecology with Lab
    • ESCI340/L | Introduction to Geographic Information Systems with Lab
    • ESCI350 | Environmental Ethics
    • ESCI443/L | Field Methods in Ecology
    • Complete 15 upper division units from any approved BIOL or ESCI courses
      • ESCI312/L | Ornithology
      • ESCI313/L | Aquatic and Marine Ecology
      • ESCI314/L | Botany
      • ESCI320/L | Environmental Chemistry
      • BIOL356/L | Ichthyology
      • ESCI360 | Environmental Law and Policy
      • *May include Internship (BIOL/ESCI475) or Research Assistantship (BIOL/ESCI497)

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.

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 complete and submit the Honors Program Form.

Our hands-on, experiential approach to learning is truly transformational. We aim for transformational learning inside the classroom and out. You can’t learn science without getting your hands dirty and feet wet.

Roman Zazhitskiy

Lab Manager – Biology

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. – Martin H. Fischer


Fungai Mukome, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

George R. Stubblefield, DC, IDE, ACSM

Dean, Professor - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Michael C. McGrann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Stephanie Everhart, Ph.D.

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


Amy Paterson, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Biology

Cornelius Hunter, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Biology

Greg Rongley, M.S.

Adjunct, Biology

Heather Kreutz, M.S.

Adjunct, Biology

Jeffrey Rozden, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Biology

Jennifer Batt, M.S.

Adjunct, Criminal Justice & Biology

Laura Hall, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Nutrition

Matt Klauer

Lab Manager - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Roman Zazhitskiy

Lab Manager - School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Steven Rongley, M.S.

Adjunct, Biology

Sumathi Sankaran-Walters, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Biology


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