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Biology

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The Warner University major in Biology provides students with a faith-based education in the biological sciences and prepares them to lead and to serve in their own communities and abroad. Students completing the Biology major will encounter a broad and diverse array of subjects within the biological sciences while also having the opportunity to tailor their education to suit their chosen career path.

Biology Lab Students Use Beaker in Experiment

experience christ-centered scientific study

General Education Core Requirement for Bachelor of Arts

Information taken from the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog. Please refer to the most recent catalog for further information, found here.

Written and Oral Communication

  • ENG 1010 – Composition I (3 credit hrs.)
  • ENG 1020 – Compostion II (3 credit hrs.)
  • COM 2010 – Oral Communication (3 credit hrs.)

Cultural and Historal Perspectives

Choose from two (2) of the four (4) disciplines:

  • Fine Arts (FAS 2005, 2006, or 2043)
  • Literature
  • Biblical Literature, Theology, or BST 2000 – Beginning Bibilical Interpretation
  • Any History (HIS) Course

Mathematics and Science

  • Choose nine (9) credit hours, comprised of at least one (1) natural science course and at least one (1) mathematics course at MAT 1030 or above.

Social Sciences

Choose six (6) credits from:

  • COM 2020 – Media Literacy (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2001 – Principles of Economics: Macro (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2012 – Contemporary Economics (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU/PSY 2010 – Life-Span Development (3 credit hrs.)
  • GEO 2013 – World Geography (3 credit hrs.)
  • POS 2010 – American Government and Politics (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 2000 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SOC 2000 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2050 – Human Behavior and the Social Enviornment (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2053 – Social Problems (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 2100 – Strategy and Critical Thinking (3 credit hrs.)

Biblical Studies

Required for freshman and transfer students with fewer than 60 credit hours:

  • BST 1010 – Christian Life: Faith and Practice (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 3005 – Understanding the Old Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Required for trasnfer students with 60 or more credit hours:

  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Personal Development and Worldview

  • BST 4095 – Senior Seminar to Theology and Vocation (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 1100 – Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts University (1 credit hr.)
Requirements for Biology Major
  • BSC 1019  – Intro to Bio: Cytology & Biochemistry with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • BSC 1020 – Intro to Bio: Ecology & Organismal Bio with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • BSC 4095 – Science Seminar (3 credit hrs.)
  • BSC 4013 – Genetics with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • SCI 3050 – The Practice of Science and Theological Thought (3 credit hrs.)
  • SCI 1120 – Chemistry I with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • SCI 1220 – Chemistry II with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • SCI 3120 – Organic Chemistry I with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • SCI 3130 – Physics I with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • MAT 2024 – Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (3 credit hrs.)
  • MAT 2130 – Calculus I (3 credit hrs.)

Twenty-five (25) additional credits from:

  • BSC 2020 – Zoology: The Animal Kingdom with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • BSC 2030 – Botany: The Plant Kingdom with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • BSC 2040 – Human Biology (3 credit hrs.)
  • BSC 2043 – Medical Terminology (3 credit hrs.)
  • BSC 3020 – Ecology with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • BSC 3033 – Microbiology with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • BSC 3120 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • BSC 3210 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • BSC 4014 – Biochemistry (3 credit hrs.)
  • BSC 4020 – Advanced Research Methods & Statistics (3 credit hrs.)
  • BSC 4045 – Special Topics (1-5 credit hrs.)
  • BSC 3075 – Biology Practicum (1-4 credit hrs.)
  • SCI 3220 – Organic Chemistry II with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
  • SCI 3230 – Physics II with Lab (3 credit hrs., 1 credit hr. Lab)
Biology Career Guides

Students looking to pursure a career in a particular field may want to follow these suggestions for recommended electives:

Biology (General)
Possible Careers:
Botanist, Clinical Research Associate, Environmental Conservationist, Forensic Biologist, Laboratory Technician, Microbiologist, Professor, Science Advisor, Zoo Biologist
Suggested Courses:
BSC 2020 Zoology, BSC 2030 Botany, BSC 3020 Ecology, BSC 3033, Microbiology, BSC 3210 Anatomy & Physiology II, BSC 4045 Special Topics, SCI 3230 Physics II

Biology (Medical)
Possible Careers:
Biomedical Engineer, Cardiologist, Emergency Medical Technician, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Neurologist, Operating Room Technician, Optometrist, Pediatrician, Radiologist
Suggested Courses:
BSC 2020 Zoology, BSC 2030 Botany, BSC 3020 Ecology, BSC 3033 Microbiology, BSC 3210 Anatomy & Physiology I, BSC 4014 Biochemistry, BSC 4045 Special Topics, SCI 3220 Organic Chemistry II, SCI 3230 Physics II

Biology (Physician’s Assistant)
Possible Careers:
Emergency Medical Technician, Lab Technician, Military, Nurse, Performing Arts Physician’s Assistant, Pharmacologist, Professional Sports PA, Secondary School PA, Surgeon Physician’s Assistant, Urgent Care PA
Suggested Courses:
BSC 3033 Microbiology, BSC 3210 Anatomy & Physiology II, BSC 4014 Biochemistry, BSC 4045 Special Topics, SCI 3230 Physics II, SCI 3220 Organic Chemistry II

Biology (Secondary Education)
Possible Careers:
Biology Teacher, Environmental Conservationist, Laboratory Administrator, Laboratory Technician, Principal, Professor, Quality Control Specialist, Research Scientist, School Administrator, Science Advisor
Suggested Courses:
BSC 2020 Zoology, BSC 2030 Botany, BSC 3020 Ecology BSC 3033 Microbiology, plus additional electives to attain the required number of hours for the degree

Our Faculty

Dr. Beth Burch

Dr. Beth Burch

Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Burch grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania. She earned her MS and PhD in Botany at the University of Florida. She is married and has two grown sons. For fun, she likes to cook, read, watch Gator football, and research her family history. Her favorite scripture verse is Galatians 2:20.

Daniel Estabrooks

Daniel Estabrooks

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Estabrooks has an an M.S. in Ecology from Middle Tennessee State University and spent three years in a Biology Education Ph.D. program at MTSU. He has produced several peer-reviewed publications in the field of herpetology – including research on the Streamside Salamander and Panther Chameleon. In addition, he’s served as a peer reviewer for the Creation Research Society Quarterly. 

Dr. Kelly Grogan

Dr. Kelly Grogan

Chair, Professor of Chemistry / Associate Dean of Policy and Curriculum

Dr. Grogan has a Ph. D from Clemson University in Environmental Engineering and Science, and focuses on the detection and transport of radioactive isotopes.

He is a proud father of two daughters and three sons and enjoys running, reading, movies, games, and intramurals. One of his favorite scripture verses is James 1:19.

Penelope Jahna

Penelope Jahna

Instructor of Mathematics

Ms. Jahna earned her Masters in Math Education from Western Governor’s University. After retiring from 31 years at Avon Park High she is thoroughly enjoying teaching math at the Warner University.

Her favorite moments include dinners with her family and anytime spent on the water. Micah 6:8

Dr. Robert Lamar

Dr. Robert Lamar

Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Liana Sanchez-Puig

Dr. Liana Sanchez-Puig

Professor of Biological Sciences

Originally from Cuba, Dr. Sanchez-Puig is passionate about teaching medical and biological sciences. She received her Medical degree from UACA in Costa Rica and later her Pediatrics specialty from USF.

She is family oriented, married and a proud mother. She is always available, and always looking for opportunities to help and reach out students

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

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About Warner University

Warner University is a distinctly Christian university that strives to make a Christian liberal arts education accesible to all. We are committed to guiding individuals toward Christ-like character and intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve. We are located in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida, which is nearly the exact center of the Florida peninsula. We are just a short drive away from rapidly growing cities such as Lakeland and Winter Haven. At Warner we offer a variety of in-person and online degree plans. Choose Warner and answer God’s call, receiving an education that helps you pursue your dreams and grow closer to Christ.