Should I Major in Biology at a Christian College?

by | Jul 27, 2021

Popular media sometimes paint Christianity and science at odds. But many devout Christians are also renowned scientists. In fact, a 2019 book concluded that a conflict between science and religion is mostly a western invention. Most Americans do believe in God. And according to the book, Secularity and Science, science and religion can be integrated for the common good.

If you want to pursue a scientific program such as biology, there’s no reason to leave your religious beliefs behind and certainly no reason not to study the field at a Christian college. Instead of seeing a contradiction between science and faith, you might think of biology as the study of God’s creation—a form of worship in the awe of His glory.

Many institutions of higher education offer some form of a biology major, but Christian schools offer a greater integration of science and faith. These schools help you connect your beliefs to the scientific knowledge you acquire while at college. Study biology at a Christian university and you will:

1. Embrace the Wonder of Creation

From the tiniest cell to the incredible synchronization of all organs of a body or lifeform, there is the wonder of God throughout the study of biology. The more you learn, the more you will know and appreciate life and all its facets.

2. Learn the Foundations of Biology

At a Christian college, you will learn the same biological principles and facts as you would at a secular school. You’ll study from the same texts, learn about the same pioneers in the field, review the same body of research.

3. View Science Through a Christian Lens

Because people of faith will teach you, your Christian values will be respected and admired. Even as you delve deeply into scientific study, you and your classmates will be able to inquire about big-picture questions as you learn the components of biological study. Christian schools provide an environment where your persistence, patience, honesty, and introspection are all nurtured. You can feel free to write, discuss, and research everything you learn with like-minded people who better understand where you’re coming from.

4. Stay Strong in Your Faith While Learning Biology

Church and school aren’t mutually exclusive, just like religion and science are not. At a Christian school, you can learn new aspects of the world throughout your education, while finding time to explore and practice your faith, in and out of the classroom.

5. Access Support You Need as a Biology Student

Even at a Christian school, college is a transitional time where your beliefs and habits may be challenged. There are stressors that may come from schoolwork, peer interactions, extracurricular activities, and an independent lifestyle where the decisions are all your own. When you study at a Christian school, you can seek out academic and spiritual support that can help you stay on track.

6. Build Your Christian Network

Throughout your college tenure and professional career, you want the opportunity to help others and connect with people who might help you. A Christian school lets you build lifetime relationships and a network that can be mutually beneficial for years to come.

 

Bluefield University’s Biology program offers major tracks in biological studies or pre-health concentrations. They help prepare you for a rewarding career in science. You’ll learn from dedicated and experienced faculty members, gain real-world experience through our internship program, and be able to take advantage of priority admission to many competitive healthcare programs in the area.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231