William Jessup University looks forward with great expectancy and enthusiasm to the birth of the Biology Degree Program in 2013. The Spring is witnessing a “soft” launch of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program with the “delivery” of a new laboratory facility and a few biology course offerings that meet degree requirements. The BA Program will be formally launched in the Fall of 2013 in accordance with an academic Fall-to-Spring sequence and will include course concentrations in Human Biology (pre-medicine), Health and the Environment (pre-Allied Health), and General Biology (cross-disciplinary studies).
Mission and Philosophy
“For God was pleased to have all fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19)
As we are being created, redeemed, and transformed through Christ, we are called to participate in the process of sustaining, restoring, and improving that which God has entrusted to us. The mission of the Biology Department at WJU is to provide students with the personal support and intellectual skills to master core principles and competencies in the life sciences and to apply their knowledge, from a Christian ethos, in the service of humanity and to address problems of mans impact on the biotic world.
WJU highly values multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration. Students will have the opportunity to engage in laboratory research, field study, and internships in Biology via partnerships with industry as well as with other institutions of higher learning in our region. Students of Biology will also be trained how to think “beyond” the life-sciences – to integrate concepts from diverse fields such as business, religion, psychology, sociology, public policy, and the arts.
Through well-developed multi-disciplinary perspectives, students will be equipped to identify interactions between the physical, natural, medical, and social sciences, enabled to characterize complex interactions between individuals and their environments, and empowered to form strategic collaborations to better understand and address a problem. The multi-disciplinary approach in Biology naturally gives rise to novel solutions and new discoveries, creating opportunities for WJU graduates, as Christian critical thinkers, to impact society and lead in new fields.
Seminar at the Bodega Marine Laboratory
Students of Biology at WJU recently attended a two-day seminar held at the UC Davis Bodega Marine laboratory. The seminar included intertidal field and aquaculture studies, lectures on marine species diversity, and a private tour of the grounds and research facilities.