Success is in Sight

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology is for the student who wishes to engage in the knowledge and the tools to understand — perhaps even uncover — the latest discoveries in an effort to solve complex problems and enrich lives. 

At Olivet, students encounter and learn about science and the scientific process. They develop critical thinking, analysis and communication skills. They do research, apply the scientific method and do investigation. They ask questions, develop hypotheses, collect and interpret data. They develop skills in scientific writing and presentation.

Olivet is committed to preparing students for the next steps as they pursue a career in biology. Graduates consistently exceed the national average when it comes to acceptance rates into graduate programs and medical school.

In addition to completing a required research project, many biology students are actively involved with job shadowing healthcare professionals and medical mission trips to put their knowledge to work.

Biology Careers

Pre-physician assistant

Pre-physical therapy
Pre-graduate school
Industrial Biologist
Industrial Quality Control

Biology Educator
Clinical Laboratory Science
Research Biologist

Meet the Faculty

Mike Pyle

A professor at Olivet since 2007, Mike Pyle is helping to continue Olivet’s long, strong history of preparing students incredibly well for medical and health care careers. Under his leadership, the curriculum now requires every biology major to do a significant research project. He and his wife, Nancy, a nursing professor at Olivet often lead medical mission teams to Papua New Guinea and Uganda. A practicing physician and surgeon, he also invites students to join him in the clinic or operating room. In 2017, he received Olivet’s Faculty Member of the Year Award.

Biological Sciences Faculty

By the Numbers
percent of Olivet students who take the MCAT and apply to medical school are accepted
percent growth in demand for physicians predicted by 2025
fluorescent microscopes on campus for research
years to Pediatric Medicine, 4 years for bachelor’s degree, 4 years for M.D., and 3 years for pediatric speciality

Learning Through Research

Students may research in: our laboratories with professor-mentors using cutting edge equipment and techniques like inverted fluorescent microscopy and Crispr-cas 9, our community at biotech firms CSL Behring and Futurceuticals, and national centers of excellence like Baylor and Northwestern Universities

Special Programs

Studying Biology at a Christian college

Rapid developments in science sometimes create theological questions, particularly as science relates to evolution. Read more about Olivet's Theistic Evolution Statement.

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Dissection and experimentation are essential tools for studying the anatomy and physiology of biological specimens. Read more about Olivet's dissection policy.

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Real Anatomy

Olivet biology majors get an up-close look at how the heart can exist and function completely on its own, unattached to vessels or the nervous system. Other students routinely have access to human cadavers for hands-on learning. For all of them, these advanced lab opportunities bring to life what they read in their textbooks.  

As undergraduates, Olivet science majors get to explore mysteries of the human body that are typically reserved for study in graduate school and beyond. Because of professors who want to provide quality learning experiences, Olivet science grads are excelling in grad school and their careers.

Current Projects

Some honor students keep busy this semester with original research. Access ONU's science reporter Brandon Grossi has the story.

Biological Sciences with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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