The Biology Major seeks to prepare students for careers in the exciting areas of health professions, scientific research, and environmental studies. In light of the constant new breakthroughs in genomics, medicine, molecular biology research, and "green" technology, Greenville College is committed to facilitate the advance of the students to the highest levels of knowledge and technical skills so that they may make a significant contribution to their chosen fields, and to honor the Creator in their vocations.
Our Biology Major demands comprehensive exposure to the entire field yet allows the flexibility to emphasize your particular interest. You may concentrate your studies in environmental biology, laboratory research, and secondary education in biology or graduate or professional school preparation. Students on a research track have the opportunity to publish a paper by their senior year. Research areas include studies in cell growth, DNA expression, botany, parasitology and recombinant DNA technology. Biology also offers a prep class for those interested in taking the GRE exam for graduate school admission.
Greenville professors are committed to providing an academic learning environment that allows you to thrive and grow into a highly competent professional. Coursework is rigorous and you'll take the same courses as those designed for majors in each of the science disciplines. There are no abbreviated courses simply to meet minimum professional-school requirements. Our faculty takes a personal interest in all our students, both in and out of the classroom and will help you personally figure out your career plans. In fact, over the past 10 years, 85 - 90% of our students who applied to Medical School were admitted. You will be encouraged to explore the ethical and moral implications of modern technology and you'll be challenged to respond to these issues in a thoughtful and Christ-like manner. The Sciences at Greenville College offer "big school" opportunities in an intimate environment. Over 70% of all recent science graduates attend graduate school or gained employment related to their major in the first year. All full-time professors in the division of Science have a doctorate in their respective discipline.
- Engineering Dual Degree Program
- Engineering Triple Degree Program
- General Engineering
- Nursing Partnerships
- Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy
- Pre-Medical Technology
- Pre-Physical or Occupational Therapy
- Pre-Physician Assistant
- Engineering Major
Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy require a strong chemistry component to the education. The biology courses should include cell biology, microbiology, and physiology. Courses that aid the student in communication are highly recommended. The dietitian needs several behavioral science courses since much of their role is often motivating people to change their life patterns of eating. Students will need to leave Greenville after a year or two, or plan to pursue that career in a graduate program.
The pre-medical technology training must include courses in biology and microbiology, and 3 years of chemistry. Chemistry courses past the general chemistry should be organic, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, and possibly 1 semester of physical chemistry, a college math class and general education requirements for graduation.
Optometry schools require only 2-3 years of schooling before admission into their programs. The OAT (Optometry Admission Test) must be taken the year prior to admission into the school. Typical requirements include one year of chemistry, one semester of organic chemistry, one semester of calculus, one semester of statistics, one year of physics, three courses in behavioral sciences, one year of English and speech, and one year of biology, plus other biology courses which should include microbiology, genetics, physiology and embryology.
Pre-Physical or Occupational Therapy
A student who wishes to pursue a career in physical therapy or occupational therapy can come to Greenville College to get a degree in biology or psychology and the necessary prerequisites for admission into a master's program in PT or OT.
The student would take the GRE exam in the spring or summer of their junior year. The first semester of their senior year, the student would apply to graduate programs in which they are interested.
Greenville College admits students who desire to achieve a liberal arts education in an evangelical Christian context. Members of this community are either committed to Christ or are sympathetic to the Christian perspective. Applicants are evaluated by consideration of their academic record, test scores, references, interviews, and participation in extracurricular activities. To be considered for admission, students must submit the following:
- A completed Application for Admission, including full responses to the application essays
- High School Transcripts
- College Transcripts (if the student has attended any colleges previously)
- ACT or SAT scores (required only of entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 college credits)
- References (only if requested by the Admissions Committee)
The Admissions Office reviews each file individually, so all students who desire to study at Greenville College should complete the application process. However, the Greenville College Faculty have established guidelines by which admission decisions are generally made, which are:
- Completed a college preparatory curriculum in high school
- Ranked in the top 50% of the high school class
- ACT composite of 18, or SAT (Math + Critical Reading) of 860
- High School GPA of at least 2.25/4.0
- Completed at least 12 transferable college credits
- College GPA of at least 2.25/4.0
Note: If a student has completed fewer than 30 college credits, then the high school record and test scores are also used to determine admission. Note: If a student is not a native English speaker, then the college will consider the TOEFL in lieu of the ACT or SAT for a freshman and may require the TOEFL for a transfer student. An exact course distribution is not required, but the College recommends at least eleven of the minimum sixteen units earned be in college preparatory subjects. It is highly recommended that entering students have:
- four years of English in high school
- one year each in algebra and geometry
- two years of foreign language
- at least one year of laboratory science
- one year of American history.
However, each candidate will be evaluated on the basis of the individual credentials presented to the College in support of the application.
*Special Note: A student pursuing an education degree with Greenville College who submits a composite score of 22 on the ACT (the composite score must include the writing portion of the test) will be able to use their composite ACT in lieu of the TAP/Illinois Basic Skills test.
Note that the ACT composite score must be submitted during the admission process to Greenville College. Greenville College admits students on a rolling basis, so there is no specific application deadline.
Students receive notification of admission within two weeks after their admission file is complete. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a personal, on-campus interview with an applicant before making the final admissions decision. Greenville College has the right to refuse admission or readmission for any student at its discretion.
The college does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of handicap, race, creed, color, sex or national origin which is in full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the laws of the State of Illinois.
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