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BIOLOGY is the study of living organisms—the study of life.
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about the program
The MNU biology program prepares students for a life of service, learning, and responsible living. You’ll take content-rich courses in genetics, cell biology, ecology, microbiology, parasitology, toxicology, and histology supported by plenty of hands-on experiential learning.

As a biology student, you will develop professional standards that will prepare you for professional and graduate programs, as well as a career in science. We offer many opportunities for you to engage in original research projects that can lead to publication.

Through mentorship and course work, the biology faculty will help you develop an understanding, appreciation, and a sense of stewardship for the beauty, design, and extent of God’s created order. You will be encouraged to contemplate the relationship between scientific principles and Christian faith.


Two biology degree paths, give you greater flexibility in preparing for a career in science, as well as the opportunity to obtain a second major or several minors such as forensic science, chemistry, physics, or psychology, to name a few.

  • Bachelor of Arts
    Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology is designed for students who want a broad, interdisciplinary experience. The BA offers greater flexibility if you are interested in a double major. This degree option is appropriate for students pursuing jobs such as laboratory scientist, environmental/wildlife biologist, or teaching.
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Our Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in biology or the health sciences that require graduate school, professional school, or specialized training programs such as biotechnology and medical technology. All students wishing to enter medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or biomedical laboratory positions should obtain the BS degree.

Scholarships & Awards

The biology program offers many named scholarships and awards. Students may apply each year and a faculty committee selects the recipients.

  • Denny Apple Memorial Scholarship
  • Charles Morrow Memorial Scholarship
  • Division of Science and Mathematics Scholarship
  • Elsie O’Connell Scholarship [pre-med females]
  • Sterling House Scholarship
  • Earl Thomas Memorial Scholarship
  • Evelyn Yoesel Memorial Scholarship
  • Mattix Family Named Scholarship Fund
  • Ed and Ruth Range Scholarship
  • Stephen L. Cole Scholarship [for incoming freshmen]
  • Highest Performance on the Biology Comprehensive

Biology majors will be provided a new iPad to increase their learning experience.

Advance Degree Opportunity

The MNU & Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences cooperative program gives MNU students an accelerated pathway to becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) while earning an undergraduate degree from MNU.  Students spend 3 years at MNU completing all the general education courses as well as prerequisite science courses and then transfer to KCU for 4 years to complete the requirements to become a D.O.

The MNU & K-State Cooperative Program gives MNU students the opportunity to earn up to 9 credit hours toward their bachelor’s degree by taking advanced science courses at K-State Olathe.  These courses also count as graduate credit toward an M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science or a Professional Science Master’s degree in Applied Biosciences.  This allows MNU students the opportunity to access courses not offered at MNU with the potential for an accelerated pathway to a master’s degree.

Potential Careers
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Physician
  • Geologist/Geophysicist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist
Sample Schedule
Career Earnings

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Environmental Scientist

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Yorton Clark
Dean, School of Professional and Graduate Studies Chair, Professional and Graduate Studies in Business Professor
I believe that studying the natural world is truly a form of worship. The wonders of nature never cease to amaze me. From the smallest virus to the largest mammals, I am always in awe of God's creation. It is a great privilege to have the chance to share this exploration of biology with pioneering students who will lead the future.The accounting major prepares students for a career in one of the many branches of accounting—auditing, tax, corporate—or provides a solid foundation for a career in business.
Associate Professor of Biology

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As an MNU student, you’ll encounter not only academic growth and career preparation but you’ll also transform through spiritual growth and time spent in service and mission. We think that’s a
recipe for success in today’s global world.