A Northwestern student conducts an experiment during a biology lab.

Strong in science. That describes our biology faculty, which includes experts in avian and stream ecology, developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology and pharmacology. It also describes professors' and students' courageous approach to exploring areas of scientific inquiry. Studying biology with professors who are committed Christians will prepare you to bring your faith to the complex research and ethical questions facing today’s scientists. Explore our programs: 

Research and more

Hands-on experiences and research opportunities for Northwestern biology majors include experience with a human cadaver, field research in the college's forest and prairie, collaborative research with a professor, and off-campus study through the AuSable Institute or Creation Care Study Program.

Science of success

From a missionary doctor in Malawi to a USDA entomologist to the many award-winning physicians and other healthcare providers, NWC biology graduates explore, understand and heal. An impressive 80% of Northwestern science majors headed to medical school are accepted the first time they apply (compared to a 45% national medical school matriculation rate). Northwestern students who took the MCAT in 2017 scored, on average, in the 77th percentile (putting them in the top quarter among MCAT test takers worldwide).

Katie DeKruyff

Headed to graduate school

A future genetic counselor, Katie is combining her genetics/molecular biology/cellular biology major with a major in psychology.

Katie's story

Alex Yoerger

More than a number

With the help of Northwestern's science professors, Alex is on her way to her dream career as a veterinarian.

Alex's story

Kaitlin Hoogeveen

Healthy smiles

An NAIA All-American and Scholar-Athlete in volleyball while at Northwestern, Kaitlin has returned to her hometown and opened its first pediatric dental clinic.

Kaitlin's story

Alison Schutt

Thinking critically

Alison's action-packed academic career was filled with opportunities to think critically about biology and chemistry, which has served her well as she transitions into life as a medical student.

Alison's story

Jenelle Dunkelberger

A new breed

A summer research experience with a Northwestern professor sparked Jenelle’s fascination with genetics. Now she oversees all of the U.S.-based research trials for the world’s second-largest swine genetics company.

Jenelle's story

Joseph Tolsma

Research in his genes

Joseph says Northwestern's integration of science and faith deepened his faith while in college. It also prepared him for graduate study in genetics and stoked his interest in career as a research scientist.

Joseph's story

Zach Landhuis

Forensic scientist

Zach completed a master’s degree in forensic science and is now a DNA specialist with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Zach's story

Emma Wynja

Medically minded

Emma is a medical student at USD, where she received the prestigious South Dakota State Medical Association Foundation Freshman Scholarship.

Emma's story

Jordan Reinders

Bug lover

Jordan is combining two passions—insects and the outdoors—as a graduate student at the University of Nebraska.

Jordan's story