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Overview

You have a heart for believers and nonbelievers in today's society, especially as they wrestle with matters of personal health, environmental health, or other ways that science and technology affect our well being on a daily basis. You love to analyze, plan, and think critically about and appreciate the complexity of life, from the smallest cells to the broadest ecosystems on the planet. You enjoy helping others understand what they hear at the doctor's office or in science news as covered by mass media. You have a passion for God's creation and want to see science in ways that you never expected, as a reflection of God magnificence.

If this describes you, then the biology degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Biology Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career in a biology-related field.

 

Major Description 

 

As a biology major at NGU, you will spend much of your time taking broadly applicable coursework that spans the disciplines of human health, the diversity of organisms, environmental biology, and animal science; participating in faculty-led research with a student team; assisting in the teaching of labs with an instructor present; pacticing lab and field activities to learn techniques and data analysis; and performing internships, when appropriate, to prepare you for your career.

You will learn about fundamental organization and structure, from molecule to cell to organism to ecosystem; basic and advanced human anatomy, physiology, and pathology; the cell and molecular basis of metabolism, development, and immunology; biological interactions in the environment, including theoretical and applied aspects of ecosystems; and the practical application of animal biology, behavior, and management, including wildlife and domesticated animals, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own profession.

The biology major offers multiple opportunities for research, presentations, writing, volunteering, shadowing, and teaching according to the interests of each student. All biology majors will participate in a series of seminar courses that culminate in senior projects that demonstrate, through written and oral communication of science knowledge, the student's preparedness for employment, professional training, or graduate research.


Ultimately, the biology degree at NGU will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of biology-related pursuits.   


Curriculum

 

Biology can be intimidating to some students, depending on your high school experience with lab sciences. The Biology Department at NGU excels at taking students from any level of science knowledge and moving them quickly towards mastery of general concepts, preparing them for more specialized science courses as they progress through the curriculum. We also offer courses with broad, everyday relevance that are written for non-science majors.

The biology curriculum will prepare you for a career in cell biology, biochemistry, plant or animal biology, genetics, physiology, or ecology. Many of our students are preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional programs, as well as graduate research. Others choose careers that are more interdisciplinary, like natural resource management, nutritional sciences, and technical writing. Being strong in biology opens job opportunities in industry, medicine, government agencies, consulting firms, and education.

Faculty Strengths

 

The Biology Department faculty members at NGU offer a wide range of perspectives on how students trained in a Christian environment can serve the community through traditionally secular jobs, like medicine, natural resource management, animal care, or tech-based industries.

Investigating the natural world through a biblical perspective gives our students insight into the rich variety of God's creation. Our professors reveal the Architect of Life's masterful design and prepare students for their careers with a solid understanding of biological principles. Our faculty members are committed to revealing God's creation through a biblical perspective
 

Electives

 

These courses may be optional choices, depending on your chosen track:
Advanced Molecular Biology
Advanced Physiology
Animal Behavior
Biology of Aging
Ecology
Exercise Physiology
Histology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Immunology
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Terminology
Metabolism
Microbiology
Natural Resource Management
Parasitology
Pathophysiology
Plant Biology

Note: More specialized courses are being added for our animal science track.
 

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

The following are examples of careers that begin with an undergraduate Bachelor of Science biology degree:

  • Laboratory technician
  • Land development staff scientist
  • Medical sales representative
  • Park ranger or game warden
  • Technical and grant writer
  • Zookeeper


These careers require further graduate or professional education:

  • Biomedical research technician
  • College professor
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Forest ranger
  • Medical interpreter
  • Nurse or nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Physician's assistant
  • Physical therapist
  • Public health inspector
  • Wildlife biologist

 

Postgraduate Studies

 

  • Clemson University
  • East Carolina University School of Medicine
  • Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
  • Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Methodist University
  • Rocky Slopes Osteopathic School
  • Texas A&M University
  • The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech

 

 Employers

 

  • Anderson County Schools
  • Bausch and Lomb
  • Clemson University
  • Coriell Institute for Medical Research
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Mercer University
  • North Greenville University
  • S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • University of Florida
  • Wake Forest University

 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

 

Individual Research and Teaching Assistantships

Students can engage in mentored research with professors or gain experience as a lab teaching assistant.

Environmental or Medical Internships

Internships are an exciting way to explore career paths. Our environmental science track students have interned with organizations including Greenville Zoo; Roper Mountain Science Center; and local, state, or federal agencies, private or public, that manage environmental quality. Meanwhile, our clinical students have the option to earn course credit for certain shadowing experiences that make them strong applicants for professional programs like medical school.

Research Poster Sessions and Presentations

The science faculty host a research symposium for students each semester. Students learn to present research through posters and presentations, and they may even get the chance to accompany faculty to regional or national meetings in their field of study
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
College Algebra (3 hours)
Principles of Biology (4 hours)
General Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
First Year Experience (1 hour)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry (3 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
Comparative Biology (4 hours)


*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Psychology or Sociology for Biology Majors (3 hours)
Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Organic Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
Anatomy and Physiology (4 hours)
Sophomore Seminar (2 hours)
Physical Education (2 hours)
Plant Science (4 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)


*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Sample Course Sequence

Junior Seminar (2 hours)
Physics I and II (8 hours)
Cell Biology (4 hours)
Biochemistry (4 hours)
Probability and Statistics (3 hours)
Genetics (4 hours)
Ecology (4 hours)
Biology elective (4 hours)
Research Project or Teaching Assistant (1 hour)


*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Sample Course Sequence

Embryology (4 hours)
Senior Seminar (2 hours)
Intelligent Design (3 hours)
Earth Science (4 hours)
Fine Arts Appreciation (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
Research Project or Teaching Assistant (3 hours)
Biology electives (8 hours)
Literature course (3 hours)


*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Program Objectives

 

  • Gain a knowledge of fundamental biological concepts, relationships, and processes in order to be prepared for graduate studies in the life sciences.
  • Acquire a basic foundation of knowledge in cellular, molecular, and "total organism" biology in order to eventually study medicine, dentistry, or allied health.
  • Learn to use the scientific method in solving problems.
  • Develop skills in using laboratory equipment for research and in writing about scientific research into biological topics.
  • Build a solid Christian foundation so you can offer your spiritual value to the science community.

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