Biology Major/Minor

This major is suited for those who desire to enter a variety of fields, including biological research, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science.

General Biology

The biology program includes a course sequence that covers the hierarchical organization of living systems—molecule, organelle, cell, tissue, organ system, individual organism, population, community, and ecosystem. The program includes a sequence of courses intended to develop an approach to independent study through an experience in biological research. Biology majors who wish to enter specific fields can choose from a variety of electives to satisfy their needs and interests.

Life Sciences

Do you love science and want to share that love with others? Have you always wanted to teach?

The life sciences track at Saint Mary’s prepares you to teach biology, zoology, and general science in grades 5–12 when you also double major in secondary education.

Pre-Medical Professional

Do you have an interest in biological research, medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science?

The biology major covers the hierarchical organization of living systems — molecule, organelle, cell, tissue, organ system, individual organism, population, community, and ecosystem. As a biology major, you will develop an approach to independent study through an experience in biological research, with electives to fit your specific needs and interests.

Potential Careers

  • Biological scientist/researcher
  • Clinical laboratory technologist
  • Dentist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Medical physician
  • Medical scientist/researcher
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist
  • Science technician
  • Secondary teacher
  • Veterinarian
  • Teach in public or private middle or high schools
  • Environmental education
  • Advanced degrees in special education, educational administration, literacy, curriculum and instruction, school counseling, school psychology, or science content areas such as research

High School Preparation

High school coursework that will prepare a student in his or her pursuit of a biology degree includes experience in Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Environmental Science, and Physics.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in biology oftentimes pursue a double major or minor in chemistry, psychology, education, or business.

Biology Minor

Biology minors gain a broad knowledge of the systems and processes that allow for life. A minor in biology is designed to support a major in a collateral field chosen by the student. Some majors that the biology minor complements include chemistry and psychology.