The mission of the Department of Biology is to give students a deep appreciation and understanding of the diverse life on earth and instill in students a sense of their God-given responsibility to be good stewards of that life. In pursuit of this mission, we strive to:
- Give students a rigorous working knowledge of the database from which current biologists work and an in-depth understanding of the theoretical framework for organizing this knowledge;
- Train students in the process by which biological data are gathered, analyzed and interpreted;
- Encourage critical thinking when evaluating biological data and theories; and
- Encourage students to develop an internally consistent philosophy of life that integrates science and scripture and recognizes God as the source of all life.
Students who major in biology at Harding University are prepared to:
- Be competitive in graduate school in the biological sciences, fisheries and wildlife programs;
- Be competitive in professional schools such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine;
- Teach in the biological sciences at the primary and secondary levels; and
- Fill entry-level positions as research technicians in nonprofit organizations, industry and government.
In addition, students who take non-majors courses in biology are provided with a basic knowledge of biology as a necessary part of their general education.
Biology majors may elect either the Bachelor of Arts in Biology (teacher licensure) or the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology , Biology , Environmental Science , Medical Laboratory Science , Molecular and Cellular Biology . Senior majors must take the Major Field Test in Biology, preferably during the last semester. Minors are also offered in Biology and Environmental Science .
The Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offer a Research Certificate for undergraduate students.
As a rule, students with ACT math scores of 29 and below (O-SAT 630 and below; R-SAT 630 and below) need leveling work before taking MATH 2350 . Students with ACT math scores between 19 and 24 (O-SAT between 410 and 530; R-SAT between 450 and 550) should take MATH 1330 (4 hours) and MATH 1340 (2 hours); those with ACT math scores between 25 and 29 (O-SAT between 540 and 630; R-SAT between 560 and 630) should take MATH 2300 (5 hours). Leveling work decreases electives or increases total hours in the degree.
Chair: Rebekah Rampey, Ph.D.
Nathan E. Mills, Ph.D.
Steven C. Moore, Ph.D.
Benjamin F. Bruner, Ph.D.
Steve Cooper, Ph.D.
Trixie Pittman, Ph.D.
Rebekah Rampey, Ph.D.
Ryan Stork, Ph.D.
David Donley, Ph.D.
Stacey Rodenbeck, Ph.D.
Patrick Ruhl, Ph.D.
Becky Bennett, M.S.E.
Amber Hug, M.Ed.
Jason Lightfoot, B.S.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceNon-Degree