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, nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiography, and veterinary medicine.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
Saint Mary’s biology students actively engage in undergraduate research experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities outside of the classroom including the Biology Department seminar series, Biology Club, Pre Med Club, and the Saint Mary’s chapter of the national biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta. The department also sponsors one of the nation's longest running annual undergraduate research symposiums.
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.
In addition, the Biology Department meets the needs of non-science majors with a selection of general education courses that expose them to the assumptions and methodologies of the scientific process and provide them 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