Welcome to the study of biology and life! It's truly an exciting time in biology across the globe. Our programs will prepare you for impressive careers in the medical, dental and veterinary fields, and other professions like physical or occupational therapies, pharmacy, even teaching.

From researching diseases or conservation, to exploring animal ecology and analyzing prehistoric dinosaur bones, our programs will take you through a hands-on journey with some of the best professors and mentors in the field of biology.


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Biology (B.S.)

Southwestern Adventist University offers two Biology degrees, the Bachelor’s of Science (BS) and the Bachelor’s of Arts (BA). Typically, students wishing to use their biology degree as a launching point toward professional school (medical, dental, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.,) take the BS degree because it includes required chemistry classes that are prerequisites for professional school. The B.S. degree allows a choice between two areas of emphasis: Biomedical emphasis or Ecology and Conservation Biology emphasis.  Our department prepares students to competently sit admissions tests for these professions and our graduates have gone on to prestigious health professional schools as well as graduate schools. Students in the biology department are presented with rare leadership opportunities through the Biology Club and the potential to work with professors as laboratory and research assistants. Biology majors receive research experience which can include cancer research, molecular biology applications, microbiological investigation, plant studies, animal ecology and conservation, or dinosaur bone analysis, among other things, depending on the student’s individual interests. 

Life Science (B.S.) (Secondary Teaching Certification)

Our Bachelors of Science in Life Science prepares students for careers in biology, chemistry and physics. This program will give you the pedagogical skills necessary to become an educator in secondary school.  Program Acceptance: Students wishing to enter the B.S. Life Science program must also be accepted into the Education Program, and consult with an Education Department or Biology Department Student Advisor.  


Life Science (B.A.) (Secondary Teaching Certification)

If you want to become an educator at the secondary level, this degree combines the skills of biological scholarship and analysis with those of pedagogy and classroom work.  Note: students choosing this degree must also be accepted into the Education Program and consult with an Education Department advisor as well as a Biology department advisor.

Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.S.)

This program is affiliated with Andrews University and Tarleton State University.

Your Future


Biology is the most common degree of medical professionals.  Most biology students go on to graduate or professional school to become physicians, dentists, therapists, pharmacists, researchers, etc.  Others become educators, entrepreneurs, or technicians in biotech, academic, or government positions.  


Sample Job Titles

  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Technician
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Teacher

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Faculty Profiles

Arthur Schwarz, PhD

Biological Sciences
Associate Professor/Department Chair
(817) 202-6259

Arthur Chadwick, PhD

Biological Sciences
Research Professor
(817) 202-6277

Peter McHenry, PhD

Biological Sciences
Associate Professor
(817) 202-6275

Amy McHenry, PhD

Biological Sciences
Assoc. Professor
(817) 202-6217

Jared Wood, PhD

Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor
(817) 202-6560

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