Covenant College, The denominational college of the PCA


Biology from a Christian Perspective

There are few academic or professional disciplines that hold as much intrigue with regards to the world God has created than that of biology.
At Covenant, we believe that a faithful response to God’s living world requires breadth and depth in the academic discipline of biology, as well as consideration of various aspects of the discipline as a human endeavor; therefore, we engage in critical analysis of how biology is done and how it is represented in our culture, based on our Christian perspective.


The Biology Program at Covenant College

Biology can be taken as a major or a minor and is also an integral part of many related academic areas, including pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-physical therapy, pre-veterinary studies, pre-dentistry, and pre-ophthalmology. There are three tracks within the biology major—the biomedical option, the environmental option, and the general professional option—each of which includes a standard set of courses in general biology, chemistry, and physics.


Hands-on Learning

As a student in Covenant’s biology program, you will have an abundance of opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in hands-on settings. Students may assist professors in research, making use of the department’s three primary labs and senior research lab. The Biology Club is another great forum for discussions, projects, activities, and events with peers and professors.


The Results

The biology program’s rigor, emphasis on hands-on learning, and deeply committed and caring faculty thoroughly prepare students for their post-college careers. Our graduates have entered the professional world in such areas as medical research, biotechnology, aviculture, teaching, banking, politics, and writing. Others have pursued graduate and professional training at such institutions as:

  • Vanderbilt University College of Medicine
  • University of Alabama School of Dentistry
  • Notre Dame University
  • University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Georgetown University College of Medicine
  • Stanford University College of Medicine


"Learning hands-on through labs is probably my favorite part of being a science major. I like to see for myself how things work and doing dissections or running chemical reactions is a great way to reinforce what I've been learning. The professors here also do a great job of having labs line up with the material we cover in class, so it gives me more experience and a second way to approach the lecture content. "
 - biology major Hannah Robinson '16

"Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAP) with Dr. Morris. Learning about how our bodies work was fascinating and gave me a completely new perspective into the nature of our Creator. Studying for the class became a sort of worship as I acquired a greater sense of God’s creativity and attention to detail. You gain a deeper understanding of God’s grace when you realize just how complex the body is. "
 - biology major Will Ahrenholz '16
Choosing to Study Biology at Covenant | Jonathan Blackmon
Jonathan describes how Covenant's smaller class sizes and low student-faculty ratio creates a special learning environment where relationships with professors and fellow students can flourish.