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Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences, Biology Concentration

Biology: The Study of Life

Fascinated by science and have an insatiable love for learning? Fuel your passion through PCC’s bachelor of science degree in natural sciences with a biology concentration. You’ll learn more about the Creator Who spoke all living organisms into existence, and you’ll gain confidence to defend your faith. Explore the Pensacola flora and make discoveries in laboratories while earning a broad liberal arts education with a base in creation science.

This program acts as a springboard to help you succeed at the next level—whether your plan is to pursue medicine or a science profession. Tailor your degree by selecting the electives that meet your career goals. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to further your education with a graduate degree and look forward to a successful career in biology.

Faith-Based Biology

At PCC, you’ll study biology through a biblical lens. As you deepen your understanding of the Creator, you’ll be equipped to research current issues within a Christian context, be prepared to defend your faith, and be ready to meet the need for Christians in the science industry.

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Biology Concentration Learning Outcomes

As a biology graduate, you will be able to

  • demonstrate your understanding of key concepts necessary to solve problems in science and mathematics or explain life processes.
  • apply standard scientific conventions to present logical conclusions based on novel research data and the research of others.
  • use the biblical worldview to critique scientific claims and conclusions.
  • apply biblical principles to support decisions regarding ethical issues.
  • demonstrate skills in properly collecting and analyzing data obtained by using standard biology laboratory techniques and instrumentation.

Program Highlights

Senior Research Seminar

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve learned during your undergraduate studies while developing and submitting a scientific research proposal in the senior research seminar (SC 499). This course will help you prepare for job placement or graduate school after graduation.

Professional Issues in the Sciences

Explore biblical philosophies regarding current, relevant issues in various scientific areas while taking Professional Issues in the Sciences (SC 430). You’ll discuss creation science and evolution, ethics, decision-making topics, and advanced research issues covering technical, social, and spiritual matters. After completing the course, you’ll be equipped to stand by your biblical beliefs in science.

Your Biology Future

What can you do with a biology concentration?

A degree from PCC’s biology concentration will prepare you to become a versatile scientist with endless possibilities. It’s a solid stepping stone as you begin a journey toward a fulfilling career in zoology, plant biology, ecology, veterinary science, research—or many other professions.

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Botanist
  • Conservationist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Educator
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental Biologist
  • Horticulturist
  • Researcher
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist

Here are a few of the grad schools our biology alumni have attended.

  • Baylor University
  • Campbell University
  • Liberty University
  • Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Seattle University
  • Trinity School of Medicine
  • University of Texas, Medical Branch
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Walden University

Here are a few of the many places that our biology alumni have worked.

  • Community Christian School
  • East Valley Animal Hospital
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Integrity Family Dentistry
  • Oak Ridge Military Academy
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Valley View Hospital

Faculty Highlight

Dr. Pierre Willems

Dr. Pierre Willems

B.S., Christian Heritage
M.S., Institute for Creation Research
Ed.S., Pensacola Christian College
Ed.D., Liberty University

“After a study in biology, the graduate should be able to choose from many fields that require a bachelor’s degree in biology. This includes either entering a profession directly or being able to continue their education at the graduate level.

At PCC, we emphasize the ability to defend the Scriptures in the area of creation. I would like to see Christians qualified to work in their chosen professions, able to defend their faith with meekness and fear (I Pet. 3:15). ”

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Alumni Spotlight

Adam Bower
Adam Bower ’23

Ph.D. Student and Teaching Assistant at Texas A&M University

“I am currently using my degree to conduct my dissertation research, ace my graduate classes, and teach undergraduate labs. PCC prepared me for my career in many ways. The rigorous biology program taught me invaluable skills. For example, the emphasis on reading and writing primary scientific literature has been incredibly advantageous. The biology program also taught me time management and a commitment to diligent, hard work. I would encourage prospective students to study biology at PCC. It is up to the students to work hard, show initiative, and take advantage of the wonderful resources that PCC offers. But if they do so, the biology program will make them into graduates that are competitive in any biology career of their choice.

The best part about studying biology at PCC was the incredible faculty! The instructors at PCC are all extremely supportive and deeply invested in their students, inside and outside of the classroom. Many of my instructors acted as career coaches by giving invaluable advice about careers, undergraduate research opportunities, and graduate school admissions.”

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About the Biology Concentration

The purpose of the biology concentration is for the student to learn to apply both scriptural and scientific methods toward understanding how living things function and how they depend upon each other for sustenance. The accomplishment of this dual goal encompasses biblical concepts about the relationships between God, man, and the physical universe. The scientific method is used to observe and explore the variety and design of God’s creation.

Recommended high school preparation for a biology concentration is 2 units of algebra and 1 unit each of biology and chemistry. Opportunities are available to make up certain deficiencies. In this case, time required to complete a biology concentration could be expected to increase.

Students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

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Biology Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your career in biology.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.