Biology at a glance
North Central University’s Biology program will provide you with the opportunity to learn and practice technical skills aligned with informational and mathematic literacy, while acquiring a strong theoretical foundation. Courses will include relevant, collaborative and group learning in various settings that include lectures, laboratory and field experiences. The program will also build a foundation that will equip you for graduate or professional school.
Is Biology right for you?
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You could have an exciting career as a:
- Biological Technician
- And more!
Interested in earning a degree in Biology? What are you waiting for?
What sets us apart
- Potential Careers
Skills you'll gain
- Interdisciplinary Science Skills
- Science Communication and Literacy
- Science Research and Ethics
- Mathematical Reasoning and Application
- Science and Faith Integration
What you'll learn
- Develop field and laboratory skills
- Read, analyze and present scientific literature
- Present research findings
- Evaluate social and ethical impacts of research
- Discover, capture and evaluate data using appropriate tools and models
- Explore scientific inquiry and methodologies through a biblical worldview
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Biology major.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Leah J. Cook
Program Director of the School of Science and Math
What first interested you in the field?
I was introduced to science while helping my mother study for nursing school. I went to a public high school that offered advanced biology options that allowed student lab assistants to lead a group of students in laboratory activities. I have a passion for learning and teaching science and challenge each of my students to find one thing that they found interesting in my classes that perhaps impact their life or change their perspective of the world around them.
What are your areas of expertise?
My experience lies in teaching biology while creating and implementing new curriculum. I have been teaching for over 15 years. My graduate training was field-based Biology research for my master’s degree and Science Education for my doctoral degree. I want students to learn and appreciate the world around them and begin to understand the microscopic and macroscopic details of its interrelationships.
What do you love about teaching at North Central?
I love having the ability to share my love of science and also my faith with my peers and the students of North Central University. The opportunity to work with students in their laboratory and field work skills is exciting and rewarding. I also love the fact that we can explore science from a Christian worldview and prepare students to make an impact on and through the sciences!
What are your favorite classes to teach?
I love teaching all the classes in my discipline. If I had to pick a couple, they would probably be both the labs and lectures of Biology 1 & 2. In these classes, we explore new ideas and are exposed to the diversity of the world around us. I love engaging with students using different styles of feedback assessments in lecture and the hands-on learning experiences in lab.