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    The SFU Approach to Biology

    Our Biology Department provides strong faculty mentoring, classroom instruction, laboratory experiences, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, professional affiliations, and extracurricular activities for our students. 

    We help build valuable technical, analytical, and critical thinking skills, develop communication skills to effectively relate knowledge and ideas to both the scientific community and the general public.

    Our students experiences here prepare them for their futures in graduate and professional schools, or in the job market as professional biologists, teachers, or medical technologists. 

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    BIOL_ProgramHighlights_UndergradResearchOur students conduct research in small groups that work closely with faculty members in dedicated student/faculty research labs. Research opportunities are available to freshmen, and students can work with multiple faculty on research projects over their four years. Students present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, and have the opportunity to be lead author on their publications.

    Programs to Suit Individual Needs

    BIOL_ProgramHighlights_IndividualNeedsStudents can opt for one of our flexible general biology degrees, or choose from a variety of concentrations within the biology major. Biology faculty members serve as academic advisors for all of our majors and provide one-on-one attention to help you achieve your career goals. SFU Biology majors go on to graduate schools, professional schools, government positions, biomedical industry positions, environmental groups, and more.

    Faculty with a Focus on Undergraduate Education

    BIOL_ProgramHighlights_FacultyHighly qualified faculty members, holding doctorates in diverse fields within biology including anatomy, animal behavior, cell biology, ecology, endocrinology, entomology, evolution, microbiology, and molecular biology. Our faculty prioritize student learning above all other commitments, and can provide individualized attention thanks to average class sizes of 20 students : 1 instructor.

    Collaborative Learning Facilities

    This brand new 70,000 square-foot facility houses enhanced teaching & lab spaces, research & outreach facilities, and state-of-the-art collaboration areas for students

    Learn Outside the Traditional Classroom

    BIOL_ProgramHighlights_OutsideClassroomStudents can take classes for a semester while living at Raystown Lake Field Station, or study abroad. In addition to SFU's semesters in France or Italy, the biology department offers off-semester field biology courses. Past courses have traveled to St. Lucia, the Galapagos, and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

    A Learning Community

    BIOL_ProgramHighlights_LearningCommunityBiology students have a dedicated student zone where they can relax, study, and interact with their peers. The Biology Club, Environmental Action Society, and SCUBA Clubs are student-run groups that provide enrichment for their members, and foster interaction between students across cohorts.

    Affiliations with Professional Schools

    BIOL_ProgramHighlights_ProfessionalSchoolsThe Biology department maintains affiliation agreements with a variety of professional schools, including medical, pharmacy, optometry, dental, forestry, and medical technology programs.

    The Liberal Arts Tradition

    SFU students integrate their broad knowledge in biology and the liberal arts to make informed decisions as active, learned citizens in society. In addition, we support the liberal arts tradition by offering courses for non-majors that instill the ability to think and converse rationally on a wide diversity of current scientific topics.

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