Cultivating an excitement for the grand diversity of living things and embracing our call to care for all of creation.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Bethel explores the structure and function of living things from sub-cellular to ecosystem scales. Through scientific discovery in the laboratory, field, and classroom, we prepare Christians to be life-long learners and world-changers in their vocations.

Students in all majors are grounded in 3 major disciplines within biology: cell and molecular, organismic, and ecological. At Bethel, we’re not content to learn about science from a textbook. We also do science. Virtually all of our courses have laboratory components in which students work individually or in groups to make observations, collect data, and test hypotheses, using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

In addition, we provide opportunities for internships and off-campus study, including the rain forests and mountains of Ecuador, the U.S. and international locations of AuSable Institute, and other settings.

Our highly skilled and energetic faculty practice active mentoring of students. All students have an opportunity to design and complete a research project with a professor, and some receive a summer scholarship for their work. Many biology students have also presented research findings at scientific conferences, with several earning top honors.

Majors & Minors

  • Biology (choice of B.S. or B.A.)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Life Sciences Education
  • Environmental Studies (choice of B.S. or B.A.)
  • Biology

Learn more about our majors and minors.


Biology Department Alumni Event
May 3 | 5:30-9 p.m.
Eastlund Room

Symposium and Lunch
May 4 | 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Robertson Center and Monson Dining Center