Program Options

Working in the GreenhouseOur bachelor of science in biology curriculum gives good preparation for graduate or professional school. The biology core includes a freshman seminar, cell and molecular biology, zoology, botany, and ecology. You will also take six elective courses in your areas of interest. The program is capped by a senior-directed research project that you will plan and present. The major, which also includes courses in chemistry and statistics, is a popular choice for students interested in pre-professional programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, and physical therapy. Four out of five Dordt biology majors applying to medical school are accepted

The bachelor of arts in biology starts with the same core and elective options as the bachelor of science but requires fewer courses. It is a good option for students wishing to double major.

The general minor includes the core courses (except the freshman seminar) and two chemistry courses. The biomedical sciences minor is for students in other majors who are interested in careers in health professions.

The medical technology degree, leading to certification by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, is a three-year program at Dordt followed by a year of clinical education at an approved school of medical technology.

A biology education major is available to both elementary and secondary education majors. 

Environmental studies, a closely-related interdisciplinary program, includes biology, chemistry, economics, philosophy, and political science courses, plus six electives.

You can study off campus through Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, which offers summer courses and field work in Michigan, Washington, and South India, or the Creation Care Program in Belize or the South Pacific.