Biology & Chemistry

92% acceptance rate to medical school*.

Exceptional Education

Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.Psalm 111:2

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Small school advantage: Every student has the opportunity to do research

Integrate faith and science

All labs taught by professors

A balanced program allows time for other activities, like sports, music or theatre

Leadership opportunities

Campus involvement

Community programs

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Graduate in four years (or less)

Strong advisory board support

Good placement for master’s, Ph.D. and other professional programs

2015 class – 11 out of 12 went on to an advanced program


You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:6

biology major


Students with biology training are equipped to work in public health, natural resources, pharmaceutical industries, environmental testing and management, clinical laboratories, animal care and research and more. Our program prepares students to continue their education in a master's, doctoral or professional program.

chemistry major


A chemistry degree provides strong preparation for immediate careers in industry, government and education. Most chemistry majors continue in graduate or professional programs. Employment opportunities could include regulatory affairs, forensic science, environmental compliance, personal care products, medicinal chemistry and more.

molecular biology major

Biology and Molecular Biology

For students interested in immediate employment or more training in fields such as chemical or pharmaceutical labs, a biochemistry degree provides excellent preparation. Choose to work in the food industry, biotechnology, forensics and more. This degree usually includes the completion of a minor in chemistry.

international health major

International Health

This degree will prepare and equip students to be leaders. A minimum of six weeks of international or intercultural field experience is required. Last year's experience was a task force trip to Indonesia. Read about that experience. There are a variety of employment options to consider, as international health majors are highly sought by government agencies and non-profit groups.

science ed major

Science Education

This degree prepares students to become certified in science content areas and meet the Indiana Department of Education teacher certification requirements. Graduates are prepared to work at the secondary level and will be equipped to work in labs, governmental positions and more.

preprofessional majors

Pre-Professional Programs

Get prepared for advanced training with our pre-professional classes. Courses will equip you to go into medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy and work as a physician's assistant. Most medical schools require one year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, and sometimes calculus.

Alumni Success Stories


Aubrey Husak

Completed first year at Indiana University School of Medicine

"I was fortunate to be a part of a drosophila research project my senior year of college, I tutored throughout college, and I spent a summer in the Dominican Republic. The professors within the science department were always willing to give me insight on extracurricular to be a competitive applicant for medical school."

Read more about her Bethel experience.



Rachel Miller

Second Year Ph.D. program at the University of Notre Dame

"I really enjoyed my time as a teaching assistant in the biology and chemistry department. It was an important step in me figuring out my career path and I had a lot of fun both with students and professors."

Read about her Bethel experience.


Pam Leiter

Assistant Director of the Museum & Education Department, Champaign County Forest Preserve District

"I got my first job in environmental education – at the St. Joseph County Park District – largely because the biology professor at the time knew there was an internship opening there."

Read about her Bethel experience.

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7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.Job 12:7-10


*92% acceptance rate to medical school (average of last 15 years, 2001-2016).

Staff & Faculty

Bryan Isaac has been a Bethel faculty member since 1997, with interests in the promotion of effective learning and teaching of chemistry / sciences through curriculum and addressing science and faith issues, specifically the value of the scientific evidence toward Christian faith. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Tabor College and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Iowa State University.

Brian Ellis, Ph.D., was a postdoctoral fellow at UC San Diego in Raffi Aroian’s lab (now at UMass) where he worked to discover and develop drugs to fight intestinal parasitic worms. He was a part of receiving a million dollar grant from the Gates Foundation for work on novel drugs to fight soil-transmitted helminthes. He studied gene therapy at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, earned his Ph.D. in cell biology, and his B.S. from the University of Denver.

He has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals (they can be found using PubMed) and has presented at national and international scientific meetings.

He currently teaches general biology I, molecular cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, scientific research methods, and molecular research. Previously, he worked as an adjunct biology professor in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  



Cassandra May teaches general biology: botany and zoology, epidemiology and biostatistics, ecology, environmental science, human biology and vertebrate physiology. 

Prior to coming to Bethel College in August 2015, May was a graduate student at The Ohio State University where she studied population dynamics of sport fish in the Great Lakes, earning her Ph.D. in aquatic ecology. She also worked as a watershed coordinator for the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District in Richmond, Ind. She has a M.S. from The Ohio State University and a B.S. from Ball State University.

May’s work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented her research at national and international conferences. She is an active member of the American Fisheries Society and the International Association for Great Lakes Research.