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Theological Seminary

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Create Without Ceasing

UndergraduateSeeking Answers
About the Intricacies of Life

Biology

Biology students at Cornerstone University are tenacious in their pursuit of the answers. They want to know the intricacies of ecosystems and biomes. They want to understand how disease spreads in the human body. They seek to uncover research and statistics about the environments within them and around them. The biology program at Cornerstone prepares you for graduate school, field research, a variety of career paths or continued study—no matter where your curious mind takes you.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of KSEM graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Understanding What It Means
to Be Alive

As God’s people, we are called to fill and take care of His creation while being good stewards. Part of this is understanding more of the world around us—from the smallest atom to the largest Redwood tree. Each aspect of creation is important, and it takes tireless minds to understand them.

The biology program at Cornerstone will prepare you for a life of meaning in scientific research. You’ll gain a well-rounded knowledge of analytics and experience while focusing on your desired field of study, whether it is environmental or human biology. You will graduate with thorough experience no matter what direction you take, and you will enter your field with a Christ-honoring understanding of creation and science.

Careers

Graduates from Cornerstone’s biology programs find themselves in a wide range of scientific fields. This major will prepare you for endless horizons of vocational opportunities.

Opportunities

  • Technician services
  • Biological field technician
  • Health communications specialist
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Educator at a state or national park
  • Financial analyst

Internships

Our students at Cornerstone receive experience in their field before they even graduate. We have partnered with several state and local parks, nature centers and research facilities to give our students a well-rounded understanding of their area of study.

Opportunities

  • Humane Society of West Michigan
  • Howard Christensen Nature Center
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service—Huron-Manistee National Forests

Course List

The biology program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

BIO-151 General Biology

This course is designed to provide a natural science foundation for all science majors and minors. Foundational concepts in zoology, cell biology, botany, genetics (classical and molecular), energetics and systems biology will be stressed in both lecture and lab.

BIO-225 Botany

Studies basic plant science, including the structure, reproduction and ecological relationships among plants.

BIO-233 Zoology

Introduction to the basic principles of zoology, including development, distinguishing characteristics and interactions of the major animal kinds, with special emphasis on the invertebrates.

BIO-351 Genetics

A study of classical Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, genomes and developmental genetics, as well as the current molecular basis of gene expression. Lab investigations include inherited traits studied with fruit flies and corn. Lab experience includes modern techniques in molecular genetic analysis, PCR, gel electrophoresis, transformation and cloning. Ethical issues will also be considered.

BIO-400 Capstone Seminar: Bioethics & Argument Theory

This course is a senior capstone course for biology and pre-professional majors and investigates the ethical and theological issues confronting one choosing a biology-related career. Emphasis will be placed upon constructing a personal, Christian philosophical framework. Students will address these concepts as they investigate and evaluate relevant biological issues.

SCI-380 Internship

This course provides an opportunity to work in a supervised biological setting (e.g., DNR, nature center, public health agency). The experience must include opportunities to apply the theories and concepts learned in the discipline or to enhance biological science research skills.

SCI-495 Senior Research Project

The senior research project is independently conducted research under the guidance of a science faculty mentor and is taken as a summer credit before taking the senior research seminar (SCI-496) or in the spring after the senior research seminar.

SCI-496 Senior Research Seminar

The senior research seminar is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to complete their senior research project (SCI-495). Seminars will focus on literature review, scientific writing, use of statistics in writing, creating tables and figures, review editing of manuscripts and posters and presentations.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our biology program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

In the lab, professors like Dr. Keller showed me that learning with my hands builds a deeper understanding of creation.

Ciara Wilke (’17)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

Our passion for science doesn’t end with biology. Take a look at some of the other related programs in our Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division.

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Hours

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SAT & SUN: Closed

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.