Bachelor's in Biology


Program Description

We believe that students learn science best by doing science. At Hope, we provide new and interesting ways for you to do biology, not just learn about it.

The biology department will introduce you to the broad scope of knowledge about living things and cultivate the craft of scientific inquiry.

You’ll leave our department:

  • Prepared for a job or graduate study in any of biology’s subdisciplines or the health professions
  • Equipped to create and communicate your knowledge of the living world
  • Able to adapt to ever-changing fields within biology — and the job market

Our department aims to be widely recognized as a premier undergraduate biology program by students and scientists alike, and our faculty and staff produce new knowledge in our areas of study.

Degree programs

Have you ever wanted to see what science is really all about? To be a part of something larger than yourself? Do you want to do that at the beginning of your college career?

We provide each student with a broad background in the biological sciences, with the opportunity to study several areas of biological science in depth.


  • Biology (B.A. or B.S.)
  • Biology education
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology

With a major in one of our biology-based degrees, students will:

  • Be prepared for graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology and related fields, or entry into technical careers
  • Learn the concepts and skills required to be successful scientists in the field
  • Receive excellent preparation for professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.
  • Have the opportunities to pursue research in the biology and chemistry departments, and will gain skills and knowledge essential in preparing future scientists
  • Have opportunities to interact one-on-one with their professors, use state-of-the-art technologies and present their work at the national meeting of biochemistry and molecular biology


  • Biology
  • Biology education
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Neuroscience


There are many possible pathways to a degree in the biological sciences. Your pathway can be unique, individualized and tailored to your own interests and passions.

Our students are identifying and solving current and future biological problems. You can’t predict what discoveries you will make, but it’s a safe bet that you’ll learn something new.

Suggested progression of courses

  • B.A. in Biology
  • B.S. in Biology

After graduation

With a biology degree from Hope, your opportunities can be endless.

Careers in Biology

The Hope biology department has produced successful biologists who are now engaged in careers ranging from the biomedical sciences to forestry, from dentistry to dolphin training, from agricultural pest management to pharmaceutical development — and much more.

To learn more about careers in biology, talk to your professors, visit Hope’s Career Development Center, attend campus career and academic advising sessions (watch for those offered once each semester for biology students – these are just for you) and explore the American Institute of Biological Sciences website for even more help. The AIBS website also maintains job and internship listings.

Graduate programs

After successfully completing the required courses, students will have a background in all the major fields in biology and will be prepared for standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Exam in biology, the biology portion of the Medical and Dental Schools Admission Tests, and the Michigan Certification Test in biology.

Recent biology graduates are continuing their education at the following institutions:

  • Wayne State University – Pharmacology School
  • The University of Michigan – School of Medicine
  • Michigan State University – Ph.D. through VAI
  • Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Michigan – Grad School
  • Purdue - College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Western Michigan University – Grad School
  • Kansas State University – Grad School
  • Washington University, St. Louis – Grad School
  • Grand Valley State University – Grad School
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – Grad School
  • Grand Rapids Theological Seminary – Master’s program
Last updated Mar 2019

About the School

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled. Read less