Most commonly offered at the undergraduate level, degree programs in molecular biology are available at several different Christian colleges around the country. These schools provide students with various research and hands-on learning opportunities and vary in size, denomination and other factors. Compare and contrast a few of the Christian schools that offer molecular biology programs.
Students can study molecular biology at Christian colleges in Texas, Oregon, Florida and other states. Explore a few of these schools, their denominations and undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Southern Methodist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Dallas, TX||$52,498|
|Cedarville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Cedarville, OH||$29,156|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$34,160|
|George Fox University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Friends||Newberg, OR||$35,016|
|Palm Beach Atlantic University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||West Palm Beach, FL||$29,950|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Christian Schools for Molecular Biology
Christian colleges may offer molecular biology as a major or concentration and usually require students to take extensive science coursework and laboratories. Students considering these schools may also think about the size of the school they wish to attend and/or the spiritual growth opportunities that are available. Here we discuss a few of the Christian colleges with molecular biology programs more in depth.
Southern Methodist University
According to the NCES, Southern Methodist University had a little over 6,450 undergraduate students in 2017. The university offers an undergraduate degree program in general biology, but the specific field of molecular and cellular biology is offered as a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) and PhD, or as a combined 5-year, Bachelor of Science (BS)-MS. Students in these programs have access to a new, modern research facility and can conduct research with nationally recognized faculty members, who have been published in a variety of biology-related journals. The school promotes students' spiritual lives by offering University Worship, Resident Community Chaplains and several different campus ministries, like Cru and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Cedarville University in Ohio offers a BS in Molecular Biology that requires research experience and places an emphasis on laboratory work. Students in the program are trained on state-of-the-art equipment and techniques for the field, such as RT-PCR and fluorescence microscopy, and are encouraged to participate in internships, Global Outreach and/or student organizations, like Biology Club. Students can further develop their spiritual lives through chapel services, D-Groups (discipleship), missions trips, local serving opportunities and various music ministries, including the school's traveling worship teams, HeartSong Ministries. As of 2017, the university had close to 3,540 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
Students at Messiah College in Pennsylvania can invest in their spiritual lives by participating in chapel services, Bible studies, student-led worship services, small groups, missions and service opportunities and student ministries, like World Christian Fellowship. In 2017, the NCES reported that the college had about 2,760 undergraduate students. Students can pursue a BS in Molecular Biology that provides students with hands-on experiences, optional study abroad courses and access to high-tech equipment applicable to the field. Students in the program also participate in the School of Science, Engineering and Health Spring Research Symposium and have the opportunity to present research at various scientific meetings, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences.
George Fox University
Oregon's George Fox University had close to 2,700 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university offers a BS and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology with a track in cell and molecular biology. Students in the program are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research opportunities that include both laboratory and field components and may also choose to join the school's science outreach education staff to help teach biology to local elementary and high school students. The university invests in its students' spiritual lives by having a Spiritual Life Theme each semester and providing chapel services, pastoral care, Life Groups, spiritual retreats and a variety of serving opportunities, like serving neighbors in retirement and neighboring schools.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida has a bachelor's degree program in biology with a unique concentration in molecular biology and biotechnology. Students in the program can benefit from small class sizes, independent research opportunities, hands-on classrooms and state-of-the-art local facilities that are available in partnership with companies like the Scripps Research Institute. Students on campus do have a chapel requirement, but can also deepen their faith through Bible studies, prayer groups, ministry teams, Workship (local service program) or mission trips. In 2017, the university had a little over 3,000 undergraduate students, according to the NCES.