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Studying Biology at St. Mary’s

The study of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University includes a broad-based curriculum designed to prepare well-rounded health care professionals, research scientists and educators.

In addition to extensive scientific training, students develop written and oral communication skills, critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as an understanding of and respect for ethical and moral considerations.

The low student-to-faculty ratio at St. Mary’s University assures personal attention designed to help our students excel.

Degree Plans

Whether your future plans include becoming a teacher or going to medical school, St. Mary’s has a biology program for you.

Course Highlights

Specific courses vary depending on which degree option you select. Some of the courses offered include:

  • Cell and Molecular Methods
  • Genetic Principles
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Histology
  • Evolutionary Biology

Career Opportunities for Biology Majors

The Pre-health Professions Adviser works closely with freshmen Biology majors on career options to help them select a career path.

Then, students are paired with a faculty advisor who continues to mentor their progress.

Both the Pre-Health Professions Adviser and the faculty advisers meet regularly with students to discuss degree requirements, career goals and personal concerns.

Here are a few fields that Biology majors can explore:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Education

Science Living – Learning Communities

Biology Living Learning Community:

Academically driven freshmen who are interested in a career in biological science or related fields can choose to join the Biology Living Learning Community. Students in the community live, study, attend classes, and attend programs together with other highly motivated students.

Science Living Community:

Students majoring in any of the sciences, from biology to forensic science, engineering to computer science, can join the Science Living Community. Students in the community live together and participate in programs throughout the year.

Student Engagement

While much learning occurs in our classrooms and laboratories, there are many opportunities beyond the classroom for Biology majors to become engaged in their campus and their communities.

Biology majors can choose from five registered student organizations, including the Pre-Med Society, Pre-Dental Society and the student chapter of the American Red Cross.

There are opportunities to enhance academic and professional development through enrichment programs and research, including MARC U*STAR, summer research programs and the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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Activities and Special Programs

Students can participate in a variety of events, activities, clubs and special programs. Here are a few that biology students may be interested in:

Learn more about Biology at St. Mary’s

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