Beautiful Creatures

Olivet is one of only a few Christian universities that offers unique courses and training to prepare students for a career in zoology. The Zoology program at Olivet is ideal for those who want to study the incredible diversity of animals in the laboratory, animal care centers, and in natural habitats. In addition to completing research projects, many zoology students are actively involved with volunteering at animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, and clinics to put their knowledge to work.

Quality Assurance

The zoology degree program at Olivet Nazarene University is preparing students for success in their chosen careers. Employers are underscoring the value of Olivet graduates in the workplace, specifically because of their integrity and skills in communication and problem solving. Alumni continue to report on the excellent jobs they are landing and promotions they are receiving.

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

Zoology Careers

Animal Care Professional
Conversation Biologist

Wildlife and Environmental Education
Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Rehabilitator

Park Ranger

Science Policy Statements

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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Learning Outside the Classroom

Field experiences are a hallmark of Olivet degree programs.

Recent student/faculty excursions include:

  • Arctic Field Biology course and research to the Arctic Circle, Alaska
  • Tropical Field Biology course and research to the cloud forests of Costa Rica
  • Research utilizing Scuba Diving, Haigh Quarry, Illinois
  • Butterfly and bumble bee population studies with the Bourbonnais Township Park District
  • Succession habitat study, Indiana Dunes
  • Behavioral study of 14,000 sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife area, Indiana
  • Behavioral studies of wild bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands
  • Summer research with faculty studying threatened red-headed woodpeckers and grassland bumblebee populations 
  • Small mammal studies for the Illinois DNR at Kankakee River State Park
  • Marine and Island Ecology course with the Shedd Aquarium to the Bahamas

Career of Your Dreams

Success is waiting for Olivet graduates. At Olivet, our faculty is dedicated to providing the foundations of science. They guide students in research. They challenge students to gain experience in oral and written presentations. As students identify they gifts and talents and develop their abilities, faculty members work with each student to help him/her choose the best career fit.

Center for Student Success

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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