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Explore a wide range of fundamental biological questions whose answers will help us better understand the complexity of God’s living world.

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Alumni Highlight: Brian Lee

Brian Lee (’12) graduated from PUC with a degree in biology and used it to teach high school science and track gorillas in Rwanda, study forestry at Yale, and land a job predicting global deforestation for NASA.

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Faculty Highlight: Dr. Floyd Hayes

Dr. Floyd Hayes, professor of biology, specializes in western and Clark’s grebes, which he has studied in Paraguay on a Fulbright scholarship. He has also published more than 100 technical articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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Alumni Highlight: Dustin Baumbach

Dustin Baumbach (‘12) researches hawksbill sea turtles at California State University-San Bernardino. He has helped develop a mobile app for tourists, scuba divers, and other researchers to quickly and easily report hawksbill sightings, which contributes to turtle research.

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PQ Rise: PUC Hosts Inaugural STEM Event for High Schoolers

For 24 years, PUC has hosted PacificQuest annually during the summer, inviting high-achieving middle school students to campus to participate in various STEM activities to enhance their knowledge and interest. The program was an instant success with both participating teachers and students, and has remained hugely popular over the years. The only downside? Once a student graduates 8th grade, they can no longer attend PacificQuest.

August 8, 2019

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Living Demonstration: Student-Planned Native Plant Garden Installed in Angwin

Living Demonstration: Student-Planned Native Plant Garden Installed in Angwin

December 6, 2018

In fall 2017, Aimee Wyrick, chair of the department of biology at Pacific Union College, received a phone call from Nancy Lecourt, academic dean and vice president for academic administration. She invited Wyrick to meet her outside the Angwin Post Office. 

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BIOneers: PUC’s Department of Biology Establishes Unique Mentorship Program

BIOneers: PUC’s Department of Biology Establishes Unique Mentorship Program

August 14, 2018

It started as a conversation between senior biology majors one day during class. Aimee Wyrick, chair of the department of biology and the class’ professor, put down her lecture notes and looked each student in the eye. 

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Blazing a New Trail: Biology faculty and biochem student partner on original research

Blazing a New Trail: Biology faculty and biochem student partner on original research

July 18, 2018

For three months of the year, two small fields in the popular Napa Valley resort town of Calistoga blossom with tiny white flowers known as the Calistoga Popcorn Flower. These two fields are the only known location of this flower in the world, which explains its presence on the list of endangered plants.

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SPARKing Kids’ Scientific Interest

SPARKing Kids’ Scientific Interest

March 7, 2018

Last school year, Pacific Union College English and pre-med major Laurel Kwon and fellow honors student Jeff Richards worked together on a project. They visited Foothills Elementary School just a few minutes from campus and demonstrated some chemistry experiments.

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PUC holds annual Math & Science Workshop

PUC holds annual Math & Science Workshop

February 28, 2018

The workshop has been taking place for over 50 years, but has recently been overhauled based on feedback from teachers and students. 

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