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:
- Biology (major tracks in ecological science; genetics, molecular biology and cellular biology; and health professions)
- Medical Laboratory Science
- Neuroscience (career concentration)
- Pre-professional programs in chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, mortuary science, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine)
- Education endorsements in basic science and secondary education
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).
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- Biology fact sheet