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Biology Department

The Department of Biology is committed to excellence. Our mission is two-fold: First is to prepare biological scientists who demonstrate open-minded inquiry, integrity, service, and stewardship of God’s creation, and the second is to help the liberal arts student to better understand and appreciate their role in God’s created order. We see this commitment as an affirmation of the mission of Greenville College.

A broad introduction to the concepts and principles of the important areas of modern biology is fundamental. South Central Illinois provides nature’s huge laboratory for the Greenville College Biology Department. Prairie, woodland, wetland areas, and aquatic areas such as Governor Bond Lake and Carlyle Reservoir are within easy reach for field studies. The Ayers Field Station, located less than five miles north of the College, provides students with opportunities to gain hands-on field experience. In addition, the AuSable Institute for Environmental Studies, located near Traverse City, Michigan offers a setting of forests, wetlands, lakes, and wild rivers where students can take summer or Interterm courses dealing with stewardship of created resources.

Graduates of the Department of Biology have gained excellent preparation for medical and other professional schools in the health sciences as well as admission to graduate programs in a variety of biological fields. Others are prepared for bachelor level positions in research laboratories, conservation, and high school teaching. Biology majors are encouraged to do independent work through course honors, biological problems, departmental honors, or the biology practicum.

Majors & Minors

Biology Education Major
The biology education major requires 51 hours of science courses plus 46 credits of professional studies in education. The biology education major leads to a bachelor of science degree.
Biology Major
The biology major requires 32 credits of biology and eight credits of chemistry. It is strongly recommended that all biology majors take at least one semester of mathematics, statistics, computer and information systems, physical science, or physics. The biology major leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

Engineering Dual Degree Emphasis: Biology Major
For nearly 50 years, our Engineering Dual Degree students have seen great success at two of the best engineering schools in the country. Greenville College offers a unique program that allows students to earn a Physics, Chemistry or Biology degree from Greenville College along with an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois or Washington University. Formalized Engineering Dual Degree (3-2) plans have been in place with the University of Illinois for over 45 years and with Washington University for over a decade. Almost every student who has transferred to either of these institutions under the Engineering Dual Degree program has successfully completed their engineering degree. A physics degree from GC is also awarded when the engineering degree is complete. Students attend school for five years, but earn two degrees. The pre-engineering student must complete the same general education credits as required for any science major. A foreign language is required.

Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis: Biology Major
Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy require a strong chemistry component to the education. The biology courses should include cell biology, microbiology, and physiology. Courses that aid the student in communication are highly recommended. The dietitian needs several behavioral science courses since much of their role is often motivating people to change their life patterns of eating. Students will need to leave Greenville after a year or two, or plan to pursue that career in a graduate program.

Pre-Medical Technology Emphasis: Biology Major
The pre-medical technology training must include courses in biology and microbiology, and 3 years of chemistry. Chemistry courses past the general chemistry should be organic, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, and possibly 1 semester of physical chemistry, a college math class and general education requirements for graduation.

Pre-Medicine Emphasis: Biology Major
The successful Pre-Medicine student usually majors in both biology and chemistry. This includes completing Calculus I, and two semesters of physics, plus all the required general education courses. All of the courses help prepare you for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), which is generally taken in the spring of the junior year. The extensive application to medical school is completed in the summer between the junior and senior year.

Pre-Nursing Emphasis: Biology Major
The purpose of the pre-nursing curriculum at Greenville College is to prepare you for admission into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or co-enrollment in an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) to graduate with an ADN as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

Pre-Optometry Emphasis: Biology Major
Optometry schools require only 2-3 years of schooling before admission into their programs. The OAT (Optometry Admission Test) must be taken the year prior to admission into the school. Typical requirements include one year of chemistry, one semester of organic chemistry, one semester of calculus, one semester of statistics, one year of physics, three courses in behavioral sciences, one year of English and speech, and one year of biology, plus other biology courses which should include microbiology, genetics, physiology and embryology.

Pre-Physical or Occupational Therapy Emphasis: Biology Major
A student who wishes to pursue a career in physical therapy or occupational therapy can come to Greenville College to get a degree in biology or psychology and the necessary prerequisites for admission into a master's program in PT or OT. The student would take the GRE exam in the spring or summer of their junior year. The first semester of their senior year, the student would apply to graduate programs in which they are interested.

Pre-Physician Assistant Emphasis: Biology Major
The Physician Assistant (PA) is an academically and clinically prepared health practitioner. The PA provides services under the direction and supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in a variety of medical services and settings.

Pre-Veterinary Emphasis: Biology Major
Veterinary training consists of four years. The first year is most often, didactic teaching and laboratory instruction, which focuses on the basic biomedical sciences. The second year is usually concerned with patho-physiology of specific diseases. The final two years are a variety of clinical rotations.

Engineering Dual Degree
Our Engineering Dual Degree program has seen great success over its nearly 50 years of existence, sending students to excel at two of the top engineering schools in the country. Greenville College offers a unique program that allows students to earn a Physics, Chemistry or Biology degree from Greenville College along with an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois or Washington University.
Environmental Biology Major
The environmental biology major requires the completion of 60 credits and lead to a bachelor of science degree.
Forensics Minor
Forensics minor consists of 19-20 credits.

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