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Biology Department

The Department of Biology is committed to excellence. Our mission is two-fold: First is to prepare biological scientists who demonstrate open-minded inquiry, integrity, service, and stewardship of God’s creation, and the second is to help the liberal arts student to better understand and appreciate their role in God’s created order. We see this commitment as an affirmation of the mission of Greenville College.

A broad introduction to the concepts and principles of the important areas of modern biology is fundamental. South Central Illinois provides nature’s huge laboratory for the Greenville College Biology Department. Prairie, woodland, wetland areas, and aquatic areas such as Governor Bond Lake and Carlyle Reservoir are within easy reach for field studies. The Ayers Field Station, located less than five miles north of the College, provides students with opportunities to gain hands-on field experience. In addition, the AuSable Institute for Environmental Studies, located near Traverse City, Michigan offers a setting of forests, wetlands, lakes, and wild rivers where students can take summer or Interterm courses dealing with stewardship of created resources.

Graduates of the Department of Biology have gained excellent preparation for medical and other professional schools in the health sciences as well as admission to graduate programs in a variety of biological fields. Others are prepared for bachelor level positions in research laboratories, conservation, and high school teaching. Biology majors are encouraged to do independent work through course honors, biological problems, departmental honors, or the biology practicum.

Majors & Minors

Biology Major
The biology major requires 32 credits of biology and eight credits of chemistry. It is strongly recommended that all biology majors take at least one semester of mathematics, statistics, computer and information systems, physical science, or physics. The biology major leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

Engineering Dual Degree Program Emphasis: Biology Major
For nearly 50 years, our Engineering Dual Degree students have seen great success at two of the best engineering schools in the country. Greenville College offers a unique program that allows students to earn a Physics, Chemistry or Biology degree from Greenville College along with an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois or Washington University.

Engineering Triple Degree Program Emphasis: Biology Major
The Triple Degree (3-3) program offers direct entry into the graduate engineering program at Washington University in St. Louis. Graduates will receive a BA in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College, a BS in Engineering and a MS in Engineering from Washington University.

Nursing Partnerships Emphasis: Biology Major
The purpose of the pre-nursing curriculum at Greenville College is to prepare you for admission into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or co-enrollment in an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) to graduate with an ADN as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis: Biology Major
Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy require a strong chemistry component to the education. The biology courses should include cell biology, microbiology, and physiology. Courses that aid the student in communication are highly recommended. The dietitian needs several behavioral science courses since much of their role is often motivating people to change their life patterns of eating. Students will need to leave Greenville after a year or two, or plan to pursue that career in a graduate program.

Pre-Medical Technology Emphasis: Biology Major
The pre-medical technology training must include courses in biology and microbiology, and 3 years of chemistry. Chemistry courses past the general chemistry should be organic, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, and possibly 1 semester of physical chemistry, a college math class and general education requirements for graduation.

Pre-Medicine Emphasis: Biology Major
The successful Pre-Medicine student usually majors in both biology and chemistry. This includes completing Calculus I, and two semesters of physics, plus all the required general education courses. All of the courses help prepare you for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), which is generally taken in the spring of the junior year. The extensive application to medical school is completed in the summer between the junior and senior year.

Pre-Optometry Emphasis: Biology Major
Optometry schools require only 2-3 years of schooling before admission into their programs. The OAT (Optometry Admission Test) must be taken the year prior to admission into the school. Typical requirements include one year of chemistry, one semester of organic chemistry, one semester of calculus, one semester of statistics, one year of physics, three courses in behavioral sciences, one year of English and speech, and one year of biology, plus other biology courses which should include microbiology, genetics, physiology and embryology.

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