Biology & Chemistry

We believe in seeing God in every aspect of the world. Join us, as we intensely study God’s creation and then use that knowledge to improve the Earth around us.

Our Program & Environment

Bethel University provides a community where students working toward a biology degree or chemistry degree grow as Christian leaders in fields including medicine, chemistry, biochemistry, international health, environmental science, veterinary sciences, secondary education, physical therapy, physician assistant, biology, biotechnology, public health, dentistry and pharmaceutical science. The possibilities are endlessly fascinating. 

In our campus classrooms in Mishawaka, Indiana, you will be paired with an academic mentor who will walk with you every step of the way. Your mentor will also assist you in planning and securing your placement after graduation. Whether you intend to enter the workforce immediately with your Bachelor of Science in Biology or Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or plan to attend professional school (MD/DO, PA, DPT, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.), or graduate school (MS, Ph.D., MPH), we can help you get to that next step in fulfilling God’s kingdom purpose in you. 

4-Year Plan

Find out exactly what you can expect in our program. Each major and minor listing has a link to the plan you'll follow to earn your degree.

After Graduation

Our graduates are making an impact in their scientific professions with a high degree of recognition. Some examples include: 

  • Medical school acceptance: 91% of the students who apply to medical school (MD/DO) are accepted, matriculate and complete their physician training.  (2005 - present)
     
    • Students who meet minimum academic criteria (MCAT subscores of 125; cumulative and science GPA 3.40) are guaranteed an interview at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
       
  • Graduate school acceptance: 100% of students who apply to graduate school (MS or Ph.D. or MPH) are accepted, many at top five institutions in their discipline. (2010 - present)
     
  • Employment: 95% of students who seek employment in their field directly after graduation find a relevant position within one year. (2010 - present) 
     
  • Licensure exam: 100% of science education students pass the Indiana CORE science content licensure exam.  (2015 inception - present) 

Majors Offered

Bethel offers these areas of concentration for a Bachelor of Science degree:

  • Biology 
     
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 
     
  • Chemistry 
     
  • International Health 
    • B.S./MPH Option: A five-year collaborative program with Indiana Wesleyan University offers a combined B.S. in International Health from Bethel University and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Indiana Wesleyan. 
       
  • Science Education - Biology 
     
  • Science Education - Chemistry 

Majors and Minors

Job Outlook

Employment outlook for biochemists and biophysicist is growing at 6% (as fast as average) for 2018-2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For chemists and materials scientists, job growth is 4% for that same period, which is average. These are just two career areas for this major. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics site for other jobs for biology majors or chemistry majors.
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biochemists-and-biophysicists.htm
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/chemists-and-materials-scientists.htm

 


 

 

 

Faculty and Staff

Janna McLean

Janna McLean

Titles: Dean, Arts & Sciences, Professor of Biology
Degrees: Ph.D.
B.A.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7191
Beth Kroa

Beth Kroa

Titles: Chair, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Degrees: Ph.D.
B.S.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7043
Becky Cooke

Becky Cooke

Titles: Asst Professor of Biology
Bryan Isaac

Bryan Isaac

Titles: Professor of Chemistry
Degrees: Ph.D.
B.A.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7349
Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller

Titles: Assistant Professor of Biology
Email:
Katie Weakland

Katie Weakland

Titles: Associate Professor of Biology
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.S.
B.S.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7107

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