Bachelor of Science in Biology

There are three different academic concentrations students can pursue as part of their Bachelor of Science in Biology, including a Pre-medical concentration, General Biology concentration, and a Wildlife/Ecology concentration. These areas of study are ideal for leading students to careers in a variety of medical and research fields.

General Biology

The General Biology concentration will prepare you for graduate school or an entry level position in biology. With this concentration, you will have the flexibility to tailor the courses you take to your specific interests in the field.


The Wildlife/Ecology concentration will prepare you for jobs in ecology, wildlife, field or conservation biology or for graduate school. You’ll study under faculty who are active in field research and who have connections around the globe.


Students planning to pursue a career in medicine (veterinary, dental, physician assistant and medical schools) will be well prepared with the Pre-Medical concentration. Offering a solid academic foundation through a Christian lens, this program of study will help you prepare for the challenging and dynamic future of medicine.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pre-Physical Therapy

This is a multidisciplinary degree dedicating two years to broad biology and kinesiology fundamentals and two years to a concentration. Choose between physical therapy and athletic training concentrations, both of which prepare you for graduate studies.

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Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Students with goals other than graduate school or teaching may choose to pursue a bachelor of arts degree in biology rather than a bachelor of science. Visit the NNU Catalog to compare the degree requirements between a BA and BS and speak to an advisor to determine whether a BA option will best meet your goals.

Biology Education

NNU has an excellent history in preparing students to become biology teachers. Students interested in this career path will obtain a Bachelor of Arts, in Secondary Education and then determining whether to teach biology exclusively, or to pair it with another area of teaching expertise. This degree is co-administered by the Departments of Biology and Education.

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Biology Minor

To earn a minor in biology requires 22 credits in including the courses listed below and 14 credits of biology electives with course numbers 3000 and above.

  • BIOL2220. General Biology I (3); and BIOL2220L. General Biology I Laboratory (1)
  • BIOL2230. General Biology II (3); and BIOL2230L. General Biology II Laboratory (1)

NNU offers a major in Wildlife Biology. In addition, NNU undergraduates have had the opportunity study frogs in Costa Rica and reptiles in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area—among other things.