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 WJU graduates, as Christian critical thinkers, to impact society and lead in new fields.
15 WEEK SEMESTERS
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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.
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.
Amy Paterson, Ph.D.
Cornelius Hunter, Ph.D.
Greg Rongley, M.S.
Heather Kreutz, M.S.
Jeffrey Rozden, Ph.D.
Jennifer Batt, M.S.
Laura Hall, Ph.D.
Pamela Gamel, Ph.D.
Randall Hughes, Ph.D.
Steven Rongley, M.S.
Sumathi Sankaran-Walters, Ph.D.
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