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Biology at Dordt

Be challenged. Be changed.


Looking for a Christ-centered biology program? Dordt’s biology major will prepare you for a variety of career and postgraduate education fields—including medicine, public health, environmental management, teaching, and research—and will also equip you to think deeply about what it means to be a Christian in science.

As a biology major, you will learn how to ask good questions and develop a range of lab skills—from culturing bacteria to assessing an ecosystem’s biodiversity.

Our project-based labs, teacher assistantship positions, and summer research opportunities will allow you to work alongside your professors and gain research experience, giving you a competitive advantage in your career or post-graduate training.

Program Options

Dordt offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. The Bachelor of Science is suggested for those intending to pursue graduate school or who want to head directly into the work force. The Bachelor of Arts is encouraged for those who intend to pursue a double major or a minor.


General: When you pursue the general emphasis, you'll get foundational biology courses, along with flexibility to choose additional courses that best fit your goals.

Public Health: The public health emphasis includes the foundational biology courses needed to work in the medical industry, but also focuses on areas such as psychological and community development.

other opportunities in biology

Students can also get a general biology minor or a minor in biomedical sciences.

A biology education endorsement 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.

Study off-campus through Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, which offers summer courses and field work in Michigan, Washington, and South India. Another option is the Uganda Studies Program, great for pre-health professionals, giving you the opportunity to work with medical personnel in Uganda taking courses in infectious diseases and microbiology.

Work as a lab instructor or tutor—this hands-on experience allows you to work closely with your professors and peers, reinforcing what you learn in your classes.


Dordt has exceptional science facilities, including:

  • A cadaver lab.
  • Facilities for maintaining and studying animals, microbes, and plants.
  • Specialized equipment in fluorescence microscopy, cell culture, genetic analysis, and recombinant DNA technology.
  • Several teaching, research, and project labs.
  • A restored prairie on campus

With a major in biology, you will have the opportunity to pursue a variety of paths. Some go on to graduate school to become physican assistants, occupational therapists, and more. Other students go on to teach in the sciences. One alumna is currently a zookeeper for elephants!

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Dr. Robert De Haan

Dr. Robert De Haan
Professor of Environmental Studies
Department Chair

SB 2622
(712) 722-6220

Brittany De Ruyter

Brittany De Ruyter
Biology/Chemistry Lab Instructor

SB 2702
(712) 722-6281

Dr. Robbin Eppinga

Dr. Robbin Eppinga
Associate Professor of Biology

CL 1419
(712) 722-6240

Dr. Tony Jelsma

Dr. Tony Jelsma
Professor of Biology
Department Chair

CL 1417
(712) 722-6278

Dr. Joseph Keryakos

Dr. Joseph Keryakos
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

CL 1416
(712) 722-6509

Charlotte Kooima

Charlotte Kooima
Health & Human Performance Assistant Adjunct

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra
Professor of Biology

CL 1418
(712) 722-6280