Biology Pre-professional Programs
Graduates in biology are prepared to pursue careers in health-related fields, such as cytotechnology, dentistry, echocardiography, medical laboratory science, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiography, veterinary medicine, and environmental biology and conservation.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
You will actively engage in undergraduate research experiences that culminates in a senior thesis. By the time you complete a biology major, you will have over 400 hours of laboratory and/or field experience. The department also sponsors one of the nation's longest-running annual undergraduate research symposiums.
You can be involved in a variety of activities outside of the classroom. These might include the Biology Department seminar series, Biology Club, Pre-Health Professions Club, and the Saint Mary’s chapter of the national biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta.
The Biology Department encourages students to engage in cross-discipline learning. Within the global business environment, students that are prepared and capable to effectively interact between disciplines are in great demand.
If you are not a science major, the Biology Department meets your needs with a selection of general education courses that expose you to the assumptions and methodologies of the scientific process and provide you with an awareness of contemporary biological problems.
Goals for Our Students
To provide adequate academic and professional preparation for post-baccalaureate endeavors
To provide proficiency in the use of laboratory and/or field equipment and techniques
To provide students with the ability to conduct original biological research and the skills necessary to write a scientific thesis containing an explanation of the problem, the methods employed, an analysis of data, and the conclusions
To offer a selection of specifically designed general education courses that meet the needs of non-science majors