DeWitt Family Science Center greenhouse

Strong in science. That describes our biology faculty, which includes experts in avian and stream ecology, developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology and pharmacology. It also describes professors' and students' courageous approach to exploring areas of scientific inquiry. Studying biology with professors who are committed Christians will prepare you to bring your faith to the complex research and ethical questions facing today’s scientists. Explore our programs: 

Elite research

Hands-on experiences and research opportunities for Northwestern biology majors include experience with a human cadaver, field research in the college's forest and prairie, collaborative research with a professor, and off-campus study through the AuSable Institute or Creation Care Study Program. In addition, Northwestern is 1 of just 2 institutions in Iowa and 1 of just 32 baccalaureate colleges worldwide selected for SEA-PHAGES, which involves our students in a global effort to discover phages and sequence and annotate their DNA. We also are 1 of just 13 colleges or universities worldwide selected for next-level SEA-GENES research.

Top pre-med scores

Our 2021 pre-med grads' MCAT scores ranked in the top 10% in the world. An impressive 80% of Northwestern science majors headed to medical school are accepted the first time they apply (compared to a 45% national medical school matriculation rate).

Taylor VanderVelde

Future physician

Taylor appreciates how Northwestern sets high academic standards that will prepare her well for medical school.

Taylor's story

Laura Hurley

Preparing to serve

Laura was a triple major at Northwestern who took advantage of cross-cultural experiences in Nebraska, Nicaragua and Ecuador. She is now pursuing a joint M.D. and master’s degree in public health with a goal of becoming a family medicine physician.

Laura's story

Alex Yoerger

More than a number

With the help of Northwestern's science professors, Alex is on her way to her dream career as a veterinarian.

Alex's story

Kaitlin Hoogeveen

Healthy smiles

An NAIA All-American and Scholar-Athlete in volleyball while at Northwestern, Kaitlin has returned to her hometown and opened its first pediatric dental clinic.

Kaitlin's story

Alison Schutt

Thinking critically

Alison's action-packed academic career was filled with opportunities to think critically about biology and chemistry, which has served her well as she transitions into life as a medical student.

Alison's story

Jenelle Dunkelberger

A new breed

A summer research experience with a Northwestern professor sparked Jenelle’s fascination with genetics. Now she oversees all of the U.S.-based research trials for the world’s second-largest swine genetics company.

Jenelle's story

Joseph Tolsma

Research in his genes

Joseph says Northwestern's integration of science and faith deepened his faith while in college. It also prepared him for graduate study in genetics and stoked his interest in career as a research scientist.

Joseph's story

Zach Landhuis

Forensic scientist

Zach completed a master’s degree in forensic science and is now a DNA specialist with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Zach's story

Emma Wynja

Medically minded

Emma is a medical student at USD, where she received the prestigious South Dakota State Medical Association Foundation Freshman Scholarship.

Emma's story

Jordan Reinders

Bug lover

Jordan is combining two passions—insects and the outdoors—as a graduate student at the University of Nebraska.

Jordan's story