Biology

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-grad training.

Program Options

Our bachelor of science in biology curriculum provides students with solid 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 B.S. in biology, 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 and no senior-directed research. This 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, which leads 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 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.

Opportunities

  • 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.
  • 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.

Resources

Dordt has exceptional science facilities for an institution of its size, 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

Learn More

Check out our program strengths and get to know our facilities.

Dr. Robbin Eppinga

Dr. Robbin Eppinga
Associate Professor of Biology

SB 2618
(712) 722-6240
Robbin.Eppinga@dordt.edu

Dr. Robert De Haan

Dr. Robert De Haan
Professor of Environmental Studies
Department Chair

SB 2622
(712) 722-6220
Robert.DeHaan@dordt.edu

Dr. Tony Jelsma

Dr. Tony Jelsma
Professor of Biology
Department Chair

SB 2619
(712) 722-6278
Tony.Jelsma@dordt.edu

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra
Associate Professor of Biology

SB 2621
(712) 722-6280
Jeff.Ploegstra@dordt.edu

Charlotte Kooima

Charlotte Kooima
Health & Human Performance Assistant Adjunct

Charlotte.Kooima@dordt.edu

Brittany De Ruyter

Brittany De Ruyter
Biology/Chemistry Lab Instructor

SB 2702
(712) 722-6281
Brittany.DeRuyter@dordt.edu