Welcome to the Grace College Biology program. We emphasize that God is the creator of all life and the entire physical universe beyond. Biology at Grace College deals with the scientific study of life and life processes. Students study the molecular composition, micro and macro anatomy, and metabolic processes of a wide variety of organisms from bacteria to people. The study of biology emphasizes laboratory activities to explore technical details of these processes first-hand.
Our curriculum provides opportunities to study many areas of biology, giving a broad foundation for additional advanced study. In addition to the core biology and chemistry courses, the student will choose at least 10 credits from a list of electives, enabling them to tailor their degree to their specific interests. This approach prepares students for a general career in any area of biological science, including laboratory work in medicine or chemistry, environmental careers, technical writing, pharmaceutical sales or food science. It also prepares the student for graduate work in biology or other biology related areas. These include biochemistry, zoology, marine biology, genetics, physiology, microbiology and molecular biology. Some students may choose our biology degree to prepare for professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinarian medicine, physical therapy and as a physician’s assistant.
The faculty of the Department of Science and Mathematics at Grace College considers the diversity of organisms, their anatomy, physiology and life processes to have their origins with God the creator. Our past and current observations of all facets of the biological world are demonstrations of God’s grand design. Those studying biology as a major or minor will be studying the details of the incredible complexity of God’s living handiwork.
Examples of courses in this major:
Integrated study of plants as organisms. Deals with plant structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology and classification of major plant groups.
Integrated study of animals as organisms. Deals with animal structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology and classification of major animal groups.
A study of the basic principles that guide cellular composition, organization and function. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the molecular mechanism that underlies cell function. Topics studied in the course include, but are not limited to, processes like energy extraction, membrane transport, flow of genetic information, cell surface communication, cell cycle and regulation, cell division, and the study of specialized cells like gametes, lymphocytes, neurons, muscle cells and cancer cells.
An introductory study of microorganisms dealing with the morphology, physiology and cultivation and identification of microbes and their role in the environment. Other areas studied include: immunology, genetics, metabolism, food, preservation and diseases.
A study of the interaction of organisms with their physical environment and with each other. Natural selection, biological populations and their environmental relationships.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Microbiology, Colorado State University; M.S. in Microbiology, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego; Post-Doctorate, Molecular Biology, Stanford University
Following his doctoral studies, Richard Roberts spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University studying bacterial development. From 1996 to 2010, Roberts changed career directions to serve as a children's pastor at churches in Sunnyvale, California, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was excited to join the Grace faculty in 2010 and change his ministry focus from children to college students. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.
B.S. in Agriculture, University of Missouri; D.V.M., University of Missouri
Marcia Lee moved to the Winona Lake area in 1977, when she began teaching part-time for the college. She practiced veterinary medicine for approximately 35 years, seven in Missouri and the balance in Indiana. For a time, she owned and operated a veterinary clinic in Warsaw while also teaching at Grace.
A.S., Owensboro Community College, Kentucky; B.S. Chemistry, Kentucky Wesleyan College; M.S. Analytical Chemistry, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Chad Snyder joined the Grace science faculty in the fall of 2015. He brings 10 years of expertise to Grace in undergraduate and faculty research in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry. Dr. Snyder's research interests include alternative energy and semiconductor materials synthesis, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and novel gunshot residue (GSR) analysis. Additionally, Dr. Snyder has formed a research partnership with the Ft. Wayne Children's Zoo in an effort to protect and preserve the health of the zoo's pond system, which is home to 11 species of birds and mammals.
B.A. in Biology and Chemistry, Trinity Christian College; Ph.D. in Resource Ecology and Management-Aquatics, University of Michigan
Nathan Bosch joined the Grace College faculty in 2008. He is passionate about teaching and mentoring all ages of students to value and care for our valuable water resources. To better understand how to take care of aquatic ecosystems, he has studied lakes and rivers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. At Grace College, he fulfills the role of associate professor in environmental science as well as the director of the Center for Lakes & Streams, a research center at Grace College. Before moving to Winona Lake and joining Grace College, Bosch earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan while also working as a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is married and has four children. When he is not on a lake or in a stream, he can be found playing at home with his kids.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
General surgeons perform many kinds of operations. Others specialize in one type of operation or one system or area of the body. Neurosurgeons, for example, operate on the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, while thoracic surgeons operate on lungs and other organs in the chest cavity. Diseases of bones and joints, such as arthritis, as well as the treatment of broken bones, are the focus of orthopedic surgeons.