Academics - Biology & Chemistry

Biology & Chemistry Department


The biology faculty are 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 University.

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 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 with a biology degree 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.


The chemistry faculty assumes that through the study of chemistry one can understand another aspect of God’s creation. Consequently, chemistry logically becomes a part of the University’s concept of Christian education.

The department offers curricula designed for those planning to enter graduate study in chemistry, teach chemistry, or work in the chemical industry. It also serves those planning for careers in engineering and the health-related sciences (medical technology, pharmacy, dentistry, or medicine). A recent study of Greenville’s chemistry graduates (1985-2000) revealed that more than 80% have either received or are currently working towards advanced degrees. Thus, a major in chemistry at Greenville University is excellent preparation for many different career choices.

The department’s state of the art instrumentation and opportunities for original student research provide the type of experiences for our majors that make them strong candidates for positions in industry, education, graduate or professional health schools.

Majors & Minors

Biology, BA
Our Biology degree has paved the way for graduates pursuing careers as health professionals, biological researchers, and wildlife biologists. We have an outstanding record of 90% admittance to medical school and boast an impressive Nursing partnership with SIUE.
Chemistry, BA
Our Chemistry degree has paved the way for graduates to pursue careers as chemists, lab assistants, and professors. Nearly all of our Chemistry graduates have continued on to graduate, professional schools, or have gone on to receive a teaching certificate.

Engineering Triple Degree Program Emphasis: Chemistry, BA
The Triple Degree (3-3) program offers direct entry into the graduate engineering program at Washington University in St. Louis. Graduates will receive a BA in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College, a BS in Engineering and a MS in Engineering from Washington University.

Environmental Biology, BA
Whether students are interested in an environmental career or want to continue on towards graduate studies, our courses cover several aspects of environmental biology including conservation, policies, and education.

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