About the Biology Program
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 Degree Plans|
|Bachelor of Arts in Biology|
|Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Teaching Certification|
|Bachelor of Science in Biology|
|Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with Biology Concentration|
|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.
A Path to Success
The 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|
|Nursing||Physical Therapy||Occupational Therapy|
Considering Medical School?
Most 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.
|Programs to Consider:|
|Dental Early Admission Program|
|Health Professional Early Acceptance Program|
|Joint Admission Medical Program|
|Nursing Early Acceptance Program|
|Facilitated Admissions for South Texas Scholars (FASTS) Program|
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.
Students are encouraged to engage in volunteer activities and job shadowing programs to gain both clinical experience and to give back to the community.