Welcome to the Biology Department in the Pryor-England Center for Science and Engineering. We hope you are considering Harding for your undergraduate studies. Members of our faculty have a variety of specialty training and provide a wide range of courses.
We offer degree programs designed to prepare students for post-graduate work in most biological fields, such as cell and molecular biology, ecology, genetics, and marine biology. Many of our students attend professional programs in medicine, pharmacology, biotechnology, and forensic science, to name a few.
We work to make a supportive student-learning environment and provide excellent teaching in a Christian setting. The Center for Science and Engineering utilizes current technology in labs and classrooms.
Harding is located near the Ozark Mountains, in a region of America steeped in culture, with abundant waterfalls, caverns, and outdoor adventure — a rich environment for the aspiring biologist. We welcome you to visit our campus.
The mission of the biology faculty is to give students a deep appreciation and understanding of the diverse life on earth, instill a sense of their God-given responsibility to be good stewards of that life, and prepare students for challenging careers in the Biological Sciences. In pursuit of this mission, we strive to:
Give students a rigorous working knowledge of the database from which current biologists work and an in-depth understanding of the theoretical framework for organizing this knowledge;
Train students in the process by which biological data are gathered, analyzed, and interpreted;
Encourage critical thinking when evaluating biological data and theories; and
Encourage students to develop an internally consistent philosophy of life that integrates science and scripture and recognizes God as the source of all life.
"Who…does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?” - Job 12:9-10
Program Learning Outcomes
BIOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE: Students completing a degree in the Department of Biology will demonstrate a knowledge of biology that compares favorably to the knowledge of students completing similar programs nationally.
USE OF SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE: Students completing a degree in the Department of Biology will be able to locate, evaluate, and properly cite information from peer-reviewed journals, scientific reports, and online databases.
COMMUNICATION: Students completing a degree in the Department of Biology will be able to compile biological data and theory concerning a current biological question into a scientific presentation/paper in which they explain the data and theory at a professional level.
SCIENTIFIC PROCESS: Students completing the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Biology will be able to describe and demonstrate the process of science (including developing biological questions based on current theory, proposing methods for addressing the questions, qualitatively and/or quantitatively analyzing the resulting data, and drawing appropriate conclusions).
SCIENCE AND FAITH: Students completing a Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Biology will be able to describe and explore in a thoughtful, humble manner the challenges at the interface of science and religion.
Several Biology Department faculty and students attended the Arkansas INBRE conference in Fayetteville, AR in Nov 2019. Three Harding University Biology students won awards. Congratulations to Landon Genry (3rd place Biology poster), Matthew Thompson (1st place Biology poster), and Alicen Wilcox (2nd place Biology invited oral presentation)!
Meet our Staff
Mrs. Lisa Valentine serves as secretary for both Biology and Chemistry Departments. She is always willing to help students with class scheduling, photocopying and details of day to day student life as a science major.
Mrs. Debra Shelton, Administrative Assistant to Dean Zane Gastineau, is a friendly face for students in need of scheduling help or any other college life crisis that may arise.
Zane Gastineau, Ph.D.