A major in Biology at Cornerstone provides a well-rounded knowledge, experience and analytical base to enable students to successfully pursue careers or further education in related fields. Course offerings allow students to pursue a wide variety of biological interests in preparation for a career or graduate school. Since entry into biological career fields can be selective and the graduate education very challenging, emphasis is placed on preparing the student for those rigors through a challenging academic program that is balanced within the traditional liberal arts degree.
You may find yourself taking exploring forests in botany, conducting stream evaluations in zoology, looking into the human genome in genetics, performing research on the toxicology of cells in cell biology, traveling to Yellowstone National Park or Ireland, researching white-tailed deer in the summer, or observing elk during mating season.
At Cornerstone, biology is taught from the point of view that we can learn more about our Creator by studying and caring for His creation. While God's inspired word (the Bible) is the ultimate authority for all truth, His creation also provides us a window to glimpse His creativity, wisdom and beauty.
A bachelor's degree in biology prepares you for a range of careers and graduate programs.
- Biological field technician
- Educator at a local, state or national park
- Technician services
From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.
See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a biology major.
All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.
With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.
- Howard Christensen Nature Center
- Humane Society of West Michigan
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service—Huron-Manistee National Forests
of traditional undergraduate STEM students from the class of 2018 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 92 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.
Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.
- Boehringer Ingelheim
- Kalamazoo County Human Services Department
- National Cancer Institute
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
Career Guide for STEM Majors
Graduates of STEM programs are changing the world. To learn more about why you should consider a biology major and what you can do with a STEM degree, get our STEM-specific career guide.