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Biology Major

Examine the World. Then Change It.

Whether you desire a robust background in biology or aspire to share your passion for science with a classroom of your own, Saint Mary’s offers a comprehensive biology major that examines our living world. With four biology tracks to choose from, your interests can take you where you want to go. And we’re here to help you get there.

Studying general biology provides you with the solid foundation of the study of life, along with extensive research. Prepare to teach biology, zoology, and general science in grades 5-12* when you pursue our life sciences track. With a bachelor’s degree in biology, you could one day be a candidate for graduate school in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine. The world is all yours.

 

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Three Tracks

  • General Biology
    • Explore it all. Study the hierarchical organization of living systems — molecule, organelle, cell, tissue, organ system, individual organism, population, community, and ecosystem — through a sequence of courses to develop an approach to independent study through biological research. Choose from a variety of electives to fit your interests.
  • Life Sciences
    • Share your love of biology with a classroom of your own. Prepare to teach biology, zoology, and general science in grades 5–12 when you also double major in secondary education.
  • Pre-Medical Professions
    • Is graduate school your ultimate goal? Prepare to pursue professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

Unique Program Features

What makes it special:

  • Three Tracks
    • General Biology
    • Life Sciences
    • Pre-medical professions
  • State-of-the-art labs and classrooms

What You'll Learn

What You’ll Learn

  • General understanding of the diverse landscape of modern biology
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory tools and methodology
  • Independent laboratory research in relevant biological sub-discipline
  • Research and presentation skills in written and oral communication
  • Research and presentation skills in written and oral communication
  • Critical thinking skills for analysis and decision-making
  • Ethical leadership and collaborative relationship-building

Aquinas Hall

Discover the dynamic and revolutionary Aquinas Hall. Its state-of-the-art learning spaces are a place where innovation is cultivated with a hands-on approach combined with practical learning and research in classrooms. Today’s climate requires innovation to be fostered through textbook study and hands-on learning. Together, these soft skills and analytical skills will help you grow as a leader.

Careers that look to the future.

A degree in biology can be the first step toward a career in research, health care, education, and business. The median annual salary with a biology degree is $65,000.1 Pursue graduate studies in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

Biological Technician

$48,140

Health Education Specialist

$48,860

Biology Teacher

$61,820

Agricultural and Food Scientist.

$74,160

Microbiologist

$79,260