Program Overview

The biology program at Simpson University offers a strong depth of instruction in the biological sciences while encompassing the breadth of the different areas biologists study. Within our major, students have the option to specialize in pre-health sciences which allows for additional classes needed to prepare for medical, dental or pharmacy school as well as other careers in the allied health industry. With a graduate placement rate of nearly 100%, many of our graduates have gone onto such careers or have pursued graduate and/or professional education programs.

Simpson University's Biology major features small class and lab sizes, so students can get one-on-one attention from faculty members. Selected students also have the opportunity to do summer research projects with the science faculty.

  • Facilities

    To address the rising demand for medical professionals, Simpson University offers an undergraduate biology major and nursing program (BSN) and a R.N.-to-B.S.N. Nursing program.

    Science and Nursing Center

    Simpson University’s Science and Nursing Center

    The Science and Nursing Center is equipped with:

    • Two stories: one floor dedicated to science majors and one to nursing education
    • Six patient simulation zones
    • Two clinical skills labs
    • Specialized areas for physics, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, ecology and anatomy
    • General-purpose classrooms
    • Centralized faculty offices
  • Learn In Real World Environments

    As a biology student at Simpson University, you'll have the opportunity to practice stewardship and expand your horizons...all while earning credits toward your degree.

    You can choose to take summer classes at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, where you'll participate in sustainable community-building, environmental education projects and community outreach services in the Great Lakes Forest, Puget Sound, South Florida or South India.

    You'll also have the option to enjoy a semester abroad through the Latin American Studies Partnership Program.  In Latin America, you'll broaden your horizons by traveling through diverse cultures and living with native families, while taking part in field studies and dynamic classroom experiences based on the politically and economically sensitive relationship between North America and Latin America.

  • Career Opportunities

    In addition to careers in medicine, research or teaching, your biology degree from Simpson will also help prepare you for a career in:

    • Pharmaceutical Sales
    • Business Consultation
    • Patent & Environmental Law
    • Healthcare Technology
    • Technical Writing
    • Nursing
    • Science Journalism 
    • Physical Therapy
    • Computer Programming
    • Public Health
    • Computer Modeling
    • Wildlife Biology  
    • Environmental Science
    • Clinical Chemistry
    • Waste Management
    • Genetic Counseling
    • Agriculture
    • Pharmaceutical Research
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Research

    ...and dozens of other fields!

  • Research Challenge

    If your plans include graduate studies, we also invite you to take a close look at our B.S. in Biology classes to see how our curriculum aligns with the prerequisites for the graduate or professional school of your choice.

  • Essential Preparation

    At Simpson University we want to see you thrive. If you are considering a career in biology or nursing and other medical professions, we encourage you to come prepared. A passion for knowledge and a strong college preparatory background in mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Trigonometry) and the natural sciences (physical science, biology, and chemistry) are essential. If you are well prepared, you will find your academic experience at Simpson University not only challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to recall and articulate basic scientific concepts and processes.
  • Students will be able to employ and apply appropriate laboratory techniques to obtain data.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in applying the scientific method and creating a mock grant proposal.
  • Students will be able to read reviews of primary scientific literature and effectively present their findings.
  • Students will be able to analyze one issue in biology that engenders controversy, present multiple view points on the issue, and articulate a Christian viewpoint with means of addressing the issue in public space.

“I was encouraged to use my inquisitive nature to pursue questions about the world around me as well as have my eyes opened to questions I never knew existed. It is so fulfilling to be able to use my hands and literally work through an experiment or problem.”Leanne Davis, Class of 2015

“I developed real relationships with my professors, who were able to eventually write me excellent letters of recommendation,” she said. “They always believed in me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. They did everything they could to help me get there.”Erin (Brink) Hoffman, Class of 2011

Siby Sabu - 2013 Biology Graduate

"There was something about the way the (biology) program was set up and the way teachers interacted with students. Their heart behind why they wanted to do what they do just drew me in."

— Siby Sabu, Class of 2013 Biology Student

Kayla Holland - Current Biology and Spanish Student

"Being able to move into the new building in the fall is making science and nursing majors so much more passionate about our field of study."

— Kayla Holland - Biology and Spanish Student, Class of 2017