Biology Department

We are committed to helping our students become capable scientists and professionals.

Department of Biology
Price Hall 216
4280 Administration Dr.
biology@andrews.edu
(269) 471-3243

Our Programs


We offer a BS in Biology with the following three concentration options:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Medical Science
  • Neuroscience

The graduate program in biology equips students to pursue a career in biology or to advance to additional training in science or professional programs

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News & Announcements

    Research Opportunities

    • Zebra Fish
    • Cancer Biology Lab

    Internships

    • Summer 2020 - Cancer Research Institute
    • Creation Institute

    Trips

    • Cuba
    • Everglades & Florida Keys

     

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    Staff

    Angela Sonnenburg Administrative Assistant Email Schedule an Appointment

    Faculty

    Daniel Gonzalez-Socoloske Associate Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Tom Goodwin Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Shandelle Henson Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Peter Lyons Associate Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    David Mbungu Associate Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Marlene Murray Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Benjamin Navia Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Denise Smith Instructor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Brian Wong Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Robert Zdor Professor, Department Chair Email Schedule an Appointment
    Cheryl Trine Adjunct Professor Email Schedule an Appointment
    Gordon Atkins Adjunct Professor Email Schedule an Appointment

    Emeritus Faculty

    Dennis Woodland Professor Emeritus Email Schedule an Appointment
    John Stout Research Professor Emeritus Email Schedule an Appointment
    David Steen Professor Emeritus Email Schedule an Appointment
    James Hayward Research Professor Emeritus Email Schedule an Appointment
    Bill Chobotar Professor Emeritus Email Schedule an Appointment

    Career Roadmaps

     

    These are suggestions on how to best use your time and talents as you work toward a goal. Of course, there are many possible careers open to you with a background in biology. This is just a sample of how you might best prepare for some of these careers.

    Medicine

    Emphasis. Any emphasis will do, although many premed students feel particularly well prepared by the biomedical emphasis.

    Courses to take. Many, although not all, of the courses listed below are included in the biology/biotechnology curricula. They are listed here to emphasize that they are required/recommended for premed.

    Introduction to Medicine: 1 credit
    Foundations of Biology
    General Chemistry
    Organic Chemistry
    Biochemistry
    General Physics
    Sociology
    Psychology
    Statistics
    Internship. Job shadowing is considered important prior to application to medical school.

    Extracurricular. Demonstrated interest in service to humanity/mission work is relevant to a medical career. Documented development in the AAMC personal competencies. Significant preparation for the MCAT.

    Dentistry

    Emphasis. Any emphasis will do, although many premed students feel particularly well prepared by the biomedical emphasis

    Courses to take. Many, although not all, of the courses listed below are included in the biology/biotechnology curricula. They are listed here to emphasize that they are required/recommended for predent.

    Dental Aptitude (BIOL 405): 1 credit
    Foundations of Biology
    General Chemistry
    Organic Chemistry
    Biochemistry
    General Physics
    Small Business Management
    Internship. Job shadowing is considered important prior to application to dental school. Most dental schools require documentation of 50+ hours of shadowing dentists before admission to their programs.

    Extracurricular. Manual dexterity is a useful skill in the field of dentistry. Significant preparation for the DAT

    Biology

    Emphasis. BS Biology, emphasis in Biological Sciences

    Courses to take.

    A methods course such as Intro to Geographic Information Systems or Mathematical Modeling in Biology
    Multiple field-type courses including botany
    Learn a foreign language, and take courses in sociology or anthropology
    Internship. Summer Internship or Field Research