PUC’s biology department has an extensive number of courses that allow students to build their knowledge of biology in and out of the classroom, which prepares them for medical school. With our high acceptance rates to medical and dental schools, our students have been accepted into Loma Linda University, Duke University, Midwestern University, and other leading institutions around the country.
Isaac Joo is a junior biology pre-medicine student from Portland, Oregon. He chose PUC because of the rich history it has within his family. He always heard great academic success by attending PUC and felt that it was a right fit for him. Isaac loved the campus and had a great first impression with the teachers and staff here. Now being a PUC student himself, he’s been enjoying his time at PUC and finds the biology program amazing because of the professors, just as he heard. Isaac answered some questions for us to learn more about the biology program.
Why did you choose this program?
Biology is the study of life, and I selected this program because I felt that it could be very integrative to my profession.
What do you like about the program?
The biology program is truly amazing because of the professors. They are great at really connecting with the students and are always willing to help. One example that stuck out to me was during COVID. My biology professor wanted us to write a weekly check-in because she was worried about us. This really helped me during the pandemic, and she would always write back with a friendly comment.
What class have you enjoyed the most, and why?
I really enjoyed Systems and Physiology because I was able to learn more in-depth about the human body.
What are some important things you’ve learned from your program?
I learned to find a good balance between studying and relaxing. Burn-outs are real in college and I had to learn that it is okay to take breaks.
Why would you recommend this program?
I recommend this program to those who are interested in going in-depth in the study of life and how everything works.
Can you give any advice to high school students who are interested In pursuing your major? What should they expect or prepare for?
Although this major is very exciting, I would say that you definitely need to put in your hours for studying. Most classes go through extensive information, and some parts can be challenging. However, nothing is impossible, and all the professors want their students to succeed. I would say to never be afraid to ask questions and always go to office hours if you don’t understand something.
Outside of classes, are there any activities or events your program throws during the school year?
Yes, there are a lot of fun and thrilling activities. The biology club plays movies, throws water balloon fights, and goes on hikes in the back-40! Freshman biology majors also have a personal mentor who can help them settle in. Lastly, the biology club throws a trip to Albion, and that is where you can meet fellow biology classmates and bond with them.
What is your favorite thing about attending PUC?
My favorite thing about attending PUC would be my friends and the campus. I made some incredible friends here, and I can see why this place was originally a resort. Whether it be hiking the back-40 or going for a swim in the pool, I found myself really enjoying the moments here.