Beta Beta Beta (also known as Tri-Beta) is the national honor society for the biological sciences. Beta Beta Beta was established as the biology honor society at Oklahoma City University by Frank G. Brooks in 1922. The society began expanding into a national one in 1925 when Dr. Brooks joined forces with faculty at several other colleges in the Midwest. It is now represented at nearly 400 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The society seeks to promote scholarship in the biological sciences through a variety of social, educational and service-oriented activities.
Lambda Alpha chapter was established at Aquinas College in 1966 by Dr. Frederick Bowman. The chapter's members have for many years sponsored blood drives on campus in conjunction with Michigan Community Blood Center-Grand Valley. Chapter members participate in two stream clean-ups each year, removing trash from the stretch of Coldbrook Creek that runs through campus. They also sponsor field trips to areas of biological interest (such as zoos, parks and museums) in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago and other nearby locations.