The Department of Biology at Grove City College prepares students to excel in top medical, graduate, and professional school programs or to begin a career in research or professional sectors.
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With an emphasis on Christ-centered academics and experiential learning, students in the Department of Biology are given the academic freedom to gain valuable research experience in the areas of cell biology, molecular biology, ecology, environmental biology, anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry.
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The faculty of the Department of Biology at Grove City College believe that God created all things, visible and invisible. It is clear from Scripture that Christ, as God, was and is directly involved in creating all things. Everything that has come into being was made by Him and for Him (Jn. 1:3 and Col. 1:16). This leaves nothing out.It is evident from Scripture that God has used a number of modes to do His creative work. God has spoken things directly into being (“Let there be light”). He has used existing materials to create things (e.g. Eve from Adam’s side, water into wine). He also providentially uses natural processes to bring things into being and to accomplish His ends. Psalm 147 reminds us that He satisfies us with the finest wheat. He sends snow like wool, and scatters frost like ashes. All of these, like His means of creating people through human reproduction, are processes that are understood today, better than at any time in human history. Yet the right-thinking Christian gives God the creative credit and thanks God for his food, his children, and the natural beauty that God continually sustains and recreates.The theory of evolution is the primary explanatory model accounting for biodiversity in the modern context. Most Christians, regardless of their view of origins, understand it as a means that God uses to accomplish His creative ends. Young earth creationists often see it as a limited post flood means for increasing biodiversity. Other Christians see it as the primary explanation for all of biodiversity. Most conservative Christians in the field of biology are somewhere on this spectrum and share the view that when evolution occurs, it is God’s process under His sovereign control.Christians are commonly engaged in discovery to determine how much God has used the process. It is in this spirit that the Department of Biology at Grove City College approaches the issue. Though biology faculty members are not required to sign a specific statement regarding the teaching of evolution, there is a strong commitment to treat the science honestly while revering biblical authority.Consequently, the biology faculty members see the prime importance of giving God the glory for His creation, regardless of the means that He has used to create it. If our science needs adjusting, that can be fixed in time within the context of a sound biblical theology of divine creation.
The Department of Biology at Grove City College provides students with requisite courses needed for acceptance to most health professions programs as well as additional pre-health related resources. Students wishing to pursue a career in one of the allied health fields should visit Pre-Health Professions for more information about careers, advising, internships, and networking opportunities.