Biology Major and Minor

Biology students at the School of Science, Engineering and Technology

About the Biology Program

Image of a biology major in the lab.Study of Biological Sciences at St. Mary's University includes 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.

Biology Minor - 20 Hours
BL 1401 General Biology I
BL 1402 General Biology II
BL 2233 Cell and Molecular Methods Lab
BL 2330 Genetic Principles
BL 2332 Cell Biology
4 hours of advanced hours BL 34XX/44XX

The programs are built on a rigorous study of biology, plus courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Minor in Biology requires 20 credit hours.

Advanced biology electives include anatomy, general physiology, microbiology, genetics, cell biology, neurophysiology, comparative physiology, immunology and infection, comparative anatomy, developmental biology, toxicology, evolutionary biology, genes and genomes, forensic osteology, mechanisms of disease and histology.
Read about Biology Course Descriptions

A Path to Success

Image of biology student by a microscopeThe low student-to-faculty ratio at St. Mary's University assures personal attention designed to help our students excel.

The pre-health professions advisor 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 advisor and the faculty advisors meet regularly with students to discuss degree requirements, career goals and personal concerns.

Biology Career Path Options
Medicine  Dentistry  Optometry
Podiatry Pharmacy Veterinary Medicine
Nursing Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy
Physician's Assistant Education Research

Considering Medical School?

Image of biology student in the laboratoryMost students interested in pursuing health care careers choose to major Biology, and St. Mary's has partnerships that can fast-track our students' acceptance to nursing, dental and medical programs.

Keep in mind that our graduates are accepted to medical and dental programs at rates much higher than the national average.

Student Engagement

Image of a biology student with her research posterWhile 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*STARsummer research programs and the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Students are encouraged to engage in volunteer activities and job shadowing programs to gain both clinical experience and to give back to the community.

Next Steps

Do you have more questions about the Biology program at St. Mary's? 
Please contact:

Timothy Raabe, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences

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Visit the Department of Biological Sciences website for more information.