Biology - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)


Why pursue a biology degree at Geneva?

Through the B.S. in biology degree program at Geneva College, students grow their understanding of living things—structures, functions, regulation and interrelatedness. The biology department serves students by offering undergraduate coursework, research opportunities, training programs and career counseling. We also teach, by word and example, a biblical perspective on the natural world, proclaiming the lordship of Christ over what He has made.

  • Unique courses in neuroscience, virology, genomics and immunology
  • A biomedical ethics course that examines some of the hottest issues in medical technology—IVF, ICSI, 3-parent embryos, surrogacy, embryonic stem cell transplantation
  • Laboratory experience in genome analysis—a cutting-edge technique in medicine and research
  • Labs equipped for electrophoresis, Western blot, polymerase chain reaction, tissue culture, centrifugation, lyophilization, and computerized data acquisition of human physiology indicators among other techniques
  • Independent studies designed for particular career goals; e.g., pharmacology, exercise physiology, public health
  • Summer courses in ecology, field biology, and land and water resources with an emphasis on Christian environmental stewardship in Michigan, Washington, Costa Rica and India through the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
  • Graduates who apply to medical school have been accepted over 80% of the time, well above the national average
  • Superior preparation for graduate school—a recent grad in a physician assistant program says, “My classmates are begging me to tutor them in immunology and microbiology; I am amazed at how well Geneva prepared me.”
I see my work as my ministry. I know that most of my patients — from the two-hour-old baby whose heart is malfunctioning to the 100-year-old with peripheral vascular disease — are scared. It’s important to our patients that we fix their hearts, but almost as important is fixing their anxiety and worries and remembering that they are people before they are patients.” Brandy, Biology grad

What degree options are available at Geneva?

B.S. in BIOLOGY, with concentrations in:

  • CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY—Research focused and intended for students interested in graduate school or careers in medical research
  • ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY—A Christian environmental science degree option for students with interests in ecology, environmental biology, animal biology or plant biology
  • HUMAN BIOLOGY—Focuses on human physiology for students interested in medicine, allied health programs and medical school
  • BIOLOGY with SECONDARY EDUCATION (7-12)— Students complete a B.S. in Biology along with supplementary education courses and student teaching to achieve a teaching certificate
  • Biomedical Research
  • Medical Technology
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary

What can I do with a biology degree from Geneva?

What can you do with a Christian-based undergraduate biology degree? Quite a bit, actually. With a concentration for your bachelor’s in environmental science to a focus on human biology, your biology degree will help you pursue a number of career or post-graduate opportunities, including:

  • Prepare for graduate and doctoral study to pursue careers such as physician assistant,
    physical therapist, epidemiologist, forensic scientist, M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D. and more
  • Biology teacher
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Air, water quality or waste management
  • Park, outdoor recreation or environmental education
  • Land and water conservation
  • Lab technician
  • Attending medical school at such places as University of Pittsburgh, Ohio University, Thomas Jefferson University, Southern Illinois University, Temple University and Hershey Medical School
  • Attending graduate school at such places as Case Western Reserve University, Thomas Jefferson University, Arcadia College, Chatham College, Cornell University and Oregon State University

What types of internships are available through Geneva?

Some common internship opportunities for Geneva students include:
  • Lab or animal care assistant
  •  Medical missions with organizations such as Gateway Hospice
  • Medical experience at the Lawndale Summer Medical Project in Chicago
  • Fellowships through the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
  • Missions exposure trips to the continents of North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa

Academic Organization

Creation Stewardship Club

Key Experienced and Accomplished Faculty

David Essig
Professor of Biology
Marjory Tobias
Assistant Professor
Daryl Sas
Professor of Biology and Chair
Brian Yowler
Associate Professor
Anthony Sadar
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Tammie Kephart

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U.S. News & World Report named Geneva a Top Three Best Value Regional University.

of Geneva graduates have jobs or are in graduate school one year after graduation.