|Major in Biology (B.A.)|
& BIO 124D
|Integrative Biology: Genes, Cells, Change|
and Integrative Biology: Genes, Cells, Change Lab
& BIO 128D
|Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity|
and Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity Lab
|BIO 218||Biology in a Changing World||3|
|BIO 399||Introduction to Research||1|
|BIO 495||Biology Seminar||2|
|Choose an applied experience:||2-4|
|Internship in Biology|
and Advanced Biology Research
|BIO 499||Biology Symposium||0|
|Choose one course from each of the following three areas, at least one of which must be a designated research course|
|Environmental area courses:||4|
|Wildlife Ecology and Management|
and Wildlife Ecology and Management Lab
|Ecology in the Tropics: Natural History and Future Prospects|
and Invertebrate Biology Lab
and Ecology Lab 1
and Aquatic Biology Lab
and Animal Behavior Lab
|Plant Taxonomy and Ecology|
and Plant Taxonomy and Ecology Lab
|Environmental Plant Biology|
and Environmental Plant Biology Lab 1
Courses from Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
|Organismic area courses:||4|
and Human Anatomy Lab
and Human Physiology Lab 3
|Human Anatomy and Physiology|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
and Vertebrate Histology Lab
and Endocrinology Lab
and Neurobiology Lab
|Structure and Development of Vertebrates|
and Structure and Development of Vertebrates Lab
and Animal Physiology Lab
|Cell and molecular area courses:||4|
and Microbiology Lab
and Genetics Lab
and Cell Biology Lab 1,4
and Developmental Biology Lab 1
and Immunology Lab 1
and Molecular Biology Lab 1,5
|Essentials of Biochemistry|
and Biochemistry II Lab 4, 6
and Biochemistry I Lab 2
|Electives from 200 level or above biology courses||16|
|Two chemistry courses, excluding CHE 200||4-8|
This is a designated research course.
Courses whose number is followed by a letter fulfill a General Education requirement.
Students may not declare a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. in Biology.
Students may not declare a B.A. in Biology and a Minor in Biology.
The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's bachelors to master's degree 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's 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, developmental activities, and discipleship 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:
- 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.
- Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to vocational ministry and what that looks like in a changing world.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
- 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?
Ability to maintain a 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) throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.
Ability to provide a pastoral and ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.
Commitment to prioritizing activities, discipleship opportunities, and retreats offered to Ministry Scholars, designed to enable the individual to develop a strong sense of community.