At a Glance

Program units


Areas of Study

  • Ecological
  • Molecular
  • Organismal



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Biology Major

APU’s biology major equips students to explore God’s creation. The degree provides a solid foundation in microbiology, cell biology, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, and genetics. These then provide a framework for an emphasis in ecological, molecular, or organismal biology.

Throughout the program, students study ethical conduct in research, a Christian’s role in the scientific community, and the relationship of Christian faith to the natural world. Biology majors gain a deep understanding of the building blocks of life and leave APU ready to make a difference in the world.

APU also offers a science concentration for liberal studies majors.

Life on Film is a series of films about Azusa Pacific University students, faculty, and alumni. Jon Milhon ’87, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and chemistry, exemplifies the scholar/mentor approach of more than 300 faculty members at Azusa Pacific.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a biology major if you:

  • Care about the environment and/or animals.
  • Enjoy spending time in the great outdoors or behind a microscope.
  • Are thorough, process oriented, and detail oriented.
  • Enjoy math.
  • Want to help humankind overcome serious challenges.
  • Love to discover how living systems work.
  • Are good at thinking analytically.

Learn more about this major.

“The biological sciences have allowed me to see and experience the intricacies of the physical world. My learned understanding demands the transformation of an intellectual and theological pursuit into a profession which I now feel more prepared to pursue. My response hopefully reflects the intersection of humanity’s biological needs and God’s endless grace.”

Dan Ojala ’12

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.