Biology faculty

Byron Noordewier, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Ph.D., University of Utah
B.A., Westmont College

VPH 213


Before joining Northwestern's faculty, Dr. Noordewier was a professor at Michigan State University and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. He specializes in pharmacology and has taught in the Creation Care Study Program in Belize. In 2015 he received Northwestern's Faculty Inspirational Service Award, given for going above and beyond expectations, personifying a strong Christian commitment, and serving as an inspiration to the campus community.


  • Microbiology


    (4 credits) A study of the morphology and physiology of microorganisms with special emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Those organisms that have an economic or medical importance will be highlighted, and basic laboratory techniques will be stressed. Prerequisites: CHE102 or CHE112 and either BIO115, 116 or BIO121, 122.
  • Immunology


    (4 credits; alternate years, consult department) The basis of the immune system throughout the animal kingdom is the ability to recognize "self" from "not-self". This course will investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms that allow organisms to recognize, control and eliminate such not-self entities as bacterial pathogens, foreign tissue grafts and even transformed cells.Prerequisites: BIO115, 116 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112.
  • Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism

    Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism

    (4 credits) A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322.
  • Biochemistry: Molecular Genetics

    Biochemistry: Molecular Genetics

    (4 credits) This course focuses on the structure and function of nucleic acids. Topics include replication, transcription and translation of genetic information, and control of gene expression. Prerequisites: BIO115, CHE321 and 322.
  • Introduction to Human Physiology

    Introduction to Human Physiology

    (4 credits) An introduction to the physiology of the human body. The focus of the course will be on homeostasis and the function of: biomolecules, cells and tissues, organs and organ systems. The contribution of each of the following organ systems to physiologic homeostasis will be examined: nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Prerequisite: CHE101 or 111; Concurrent requisite: CHE102 or 112.


  • Iowa Academy of Sciences
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • New York Academy of Science
  • Society for Experimental Biology
  • American Society of Nephrology


  • Faculty Inspirational Service Award, Northwestern College, 2015
  • NAIA national Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year Award, 2013