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The purpose of the department is to thoroughly train students in the basic areas of biology at the organismal, organ/system, tissue, cellular, and molecular levels. This training prepares our graduates for successful entry and achievement in graduate schools, professional schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry and medical technology. This training provides preparation as well for our students in pre-professional, non-degree curricula leading to entry in professional schools of physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, and rehabilitation counseling. As a service department to other science-related departments our purpose is to give superior biological preparation for students in pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental hygiene, and pre-nursing. As a service department for students fulfilling their central curriculum science requirements in biology our purpose is to relate biological principles to improving quality of life for humans and to peaceful co-existence with all forms of life on earth. This purpose relates directly to the fulfilling of the primary purpose of the college to be a community of learning and free inquiry, presenting a thorough academic program in which teacher and students work together to integrate liberal arts and career education, leadership and service, faith and learning.