Major in Biology (B.A.)
BIO120
BIO121
Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
and Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab
4
BIO122
122D
Introduction to Organismic Biology
and Introduction to Organismic Biology Lab 1
4
BIO126
BIO127
Integrative Biology and Global Health
and Integrative Biology and Global Health Lab 1
4
BIO399Introduction to Research1
BIO495Biology Seminar1
BIO493Literature Review in Biology1
or BIO496 Biology Research
BIO499Biology Symposium1
Choose one of the following environmental area courses:4
Human Impacts on Coral Reefs 1
Wildlife Ecology and Management
and Wildlife Ecology and Management Lab
Ecology in the Tropics: Natural History and Future Prospects 1
Human Ecology
and Human Ecology Lab
Invertebrate Biology
and Invertebrate Biology Lab
Ecology
and Ecology Lab
Aquatic Biology
and Aquatic Biology Lab
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
Plant Taxonomy and Ecology
and Plant Taxonomy and Ecology Lab
Environmental Plant Biology
and Environmental Plant Biology Lab
Courses from Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
Choose one of the following organismic area courses:4
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Vertebrate Histology
and Vertebrate Histology Lab
Endocrinology
and Endocrinology Lab
Neurobiology
and Neurobiology Lab
Structure and Development of Vertebrates
and Structure and Development of Vertebrates Lab
Animal Physiology
and Animal Physiology Lab
Choose one of the following cell and molecular area courses:4
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Lab
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Lab
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
Ultrastructure
and Ultrastructure Lab
Essentials of Biochemistry
and Essentials of Biochemistry Lab
Electives from 200 level or above biology courses16
Two chemistry courses, excluding CHE107/CHE107D and CHE200 or CHE208/CHE208D, plus one additional biology course numbered 200 or higher 18
Major52
General Education49-50
Electives21-23
Total Credits122-125
1

This course meets a General Education requirement. 

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B.A. in Biology 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Select one of the following lecture and labs 4BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3BIO122
122D Introduction to Organismic Biology
4
Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology and Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab or BIO120/121 Introduction to Molecular & Cellular Biology
Introduction to Organismic Biology and Introduction to Organismic Biology Lab or BIO126/127 Integrative Biology and Global Health
Integrative Biology and Global Health and Integrative Biology and Global Health Lab GES130 Christianity Western Culture4
Chemistry choice3 4 Chemistry choice3 4
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Electives 2
GES160 Inquiry Seminar3  
 14 3 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO126
BIO127 Integrative Biology and Global Health and Integrative Biology and Global Health Lab
4Mathematics (M) course 3GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
or BIO120/121 Introduction to Molecular & Cellular Biology  THE201 Christian Theology3
or BIO122/122D Introduction to Organismic Biology  Biology environmental area choice 4
Contemporary Western Life & Thought (L) course 3 Elective 5 4
Second Language (S) course1 4  
Elective 4 4  
 15 3 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO399 Introduction to Research1Science, Technology and Society (K) course 3Biology molecular area choice 4
Biology organismic area choice 4 Biology elective 4
Biology elective 4 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
Elective 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 15 3 12-15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO493 or 4962 Literature Review in Biology or Biology Research1Interim Off BIO499 Biology Symposium1
BIO495 Biology Seminar1 Biology elective 4
Biology elective 4 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Interpreting Biblical themes (J) course 3 Electives 6
Electives 5 Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3
 14 0 14-17
Total Credits: 122-128
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent.

2

 May be taken in fall of senior year

3

CHE113/CHE113D recommended (excluding CHE107/CHE107Dor CHE200)

4

CHE224/CHE225 recommended

5

CHE226/CHE227 recommended

This program assumes the student will use BIO122/BIO122D to meet the general education laboratory Science requirement.

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim may be split between fall and spring for the state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Biology 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO120
BIO121 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology and Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab
4GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4BIO122
122D Introduction to Organismic Biology and Introduction to Organismic Biology Lab
4
or BIO122/122D Introduction to Organismic Biology  or BIO120/121 Introduction to Molecular & Cellular Biology
or BIO126/127 Integrative Biology and Global Healh  or BIO126/127 Integrative Biology and Global Health
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
Chemistry choice 3 4 BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Chemistry choice 3 4
 15 4 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO126
BIO127 Integrative Biology and Global Health and Integrative Biology and Global Health Lab
4Mathematics (M) course 3Biology environmental area choice 4
or BIO120-121 Introduction to Molecular & Cellular biology  Elective 5 4
or BIO122/122D Introduction to Organismic Biology  Second Language (S) course1 4
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Elective 2
Elective4 4  
 12 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO399 Introduction to Research1Science, Technology and Society (K) course 3Biology molecular area choice 4
Biology organismic area choice 4 Biology elective 4
Biology elective 4 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
World Culture (U) course 3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
Elective 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 15 3 12-15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO493
BIO4962 Literature Review in Biology and Biology Research
2Interim Off BIO499 Biology Symposium1
BIO495 Biology Seminar1 Biology elective 4
Biology elective 4 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Interpreting biblical Themes (J) course 3 Electives 5
Elective 6 Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3
 16 0 13-16
Total Credits: 122-128
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent.

2

 May be taken in fall of senior year

3

CHE113/CHE113D recommended (excludingCHE107/CHE107D or CHE200)

4

CHE224/CHE225 recommended

5

 CHE226/CHE227 recommended

This program assumes the student will use BIO122/BIO122D to meet the general education laboratory Science requirement.

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim may be split between fall and spring for the state grant purposes only.)

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University