Biology

The biology department at JBU educates students in foundational biological principles through three different tracks of study: pre-health professional, allied health or field biology/naturalist studies. In each track, students gain practical, hands-on experience in labs, like the cadaver lab for pre-health professional students, and long-term research projects.

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Dissect Cadavers

Five Reasons to Study Biology at JBU

Reason #1

Dissect Cadavers

Students explore the inner workings of the human body in the human anatomy cadaver lab. JBU is one of only two universities in the state of Arkansas that make cadaver dissection available to undergraduate students.

Tailor your Degree

Five Reasons to Study Biology at JBU

Reason #2

Tailor your Degree

As sophomores, students can apply for the pre-health professions program for a course track for students headed to medical school.

Scuba Dive for Credit

Five Reasons to Study Biology at JBU

Reason #3

Scuba Dive for Credit

Marine biology students spend their spring break scuba diving and snorkeling in the Florida Keys as an intensive marine biology lab.

Get into Medical School

Five Reasons to Study Biology at JBU

Reason #4

Get into Medical School

Approximately 75-80 percent of JBU students who apply to schools of health professions are accepted after their first attempt. The success rate approaches 100 percent upon reapplication.

Work with Accessible Professors

Five Reasons to Study Biology at JBU

Reason #5

Work with Accessible Professors

JBU lab classes are capped to 20 students so that professors can give student-specific guidance and recommendation.

Jane Beers

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Jane Beers

Assistant Professor of Biology

Beers is passionate about challenging students to integrate faith and science by analyzing scientific findings. Her courses include cell biology, biological science and honors biological science.

M.S., Northeastern State University
B.S., Taylor University

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Joel Funk

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Joel Funk

Assistant Professor of Biology

Funk teaches courses in biological science, ecology, plant biology and microbiology. He researches how lung cells respond to infection by a coronavirus.

Ph.D., Kansas State University
M.S., Kansas State University
B.A., Tabor College

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Tim Wakefield

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Tim Wakefield

Professor of Biology

Wakefield's passion is marine biology. He leads a Spring Break trip to the Floriday Keys where students interact with marine life. Before JBU, he trained Atlantic bottle nosed dolphins.

Ph.D., Auburn University
M.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City
B.S., Union University

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Brian Greuel

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Brian Greuel

Professor of Biology

Greuel’s love for biology stems from its ability to see the complexity and beauty of God’s creation. He imparts his passion to students through investigative laboratory exercises and research.

Ph.D., Washington University
M.S., Ohio State University
B.S., Wheaton College

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Roberto Rojas '06

Roberto Rojas '06

Roberto Rojas graduated with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. He attended medical school at Temple University and is currently completing his fourth year of residency in the radiology department of Aurora St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee. "JBU prepared me well for medical school by giving me a great experience in small classes where professors were very approachable. Anatomy class provided me experience in cadaver dissection which most medical students don't have the advantage of during undergrad. JBU taught me how to learn not just the facts to learn."