The Department of Biology bases its approach to biology on the Biblical view of God as creator and sustainer of the universe, introducing biology majors and other students to the concepts of biology and helping them to discover and interpret the characteristics of nature as part of God's creation.
Courses, collaborative research experiences with faculty and internship opportunities are designed to introduce students to biological principles at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population and ecosystem levels and to allow students to experience and understand the processes, applications and limitations of biology as a scientific endeavor. Emphasis is placed on integrating biology with a Biblical worldview in a way that encourages service to Christ and His Kingdom.
The Department of Biology is located in the New Science Building on the second floor. Facilities include a greenhouse, eight large instructional laboratories, including a DNA sequencer, a well-equipped ecology lab, used by students and faculty for collaborative research projects. In addition to the usual undergraduate instructional laboratory equipment, several PCR cyclers and a fluorescent microscope are available for classes and research. The Wheaton College Science Station in South Dakota provides an excellent Science Station setting for summer instruction. A marine biology class includes a field trip to a field station in Belize.