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Biology is the study of life in all of its variety and complexity. Biologists approach the study of life at levels ranging from molecular biology and physiology to ecology and evolution. Students of biology must each find the unique niche within this diverse field that best suits her or his passions. 

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    Biology at Saint Francis University

     The Biology Program at Saint Francis University is designed with the uniqueness of each student in mind. Our department provides customizable degree programs and personal academic advising by biology faculty.  We have small class sizes, a tight-knit community of students, and opportunities for students to engage in novel research with faculty mentors.  Many of our graduates go on to graduate schools and professional schools, while others use their bachelor degree to pursue careers in research, education, wildlife management, medical laboratories, as well as aquaria and zoos.

    Biology Program Highlights

    • Personalized Programs
    • Student Research
    • Accessible Faculty
    • Beyond the Classroom
    • A Learning Community
    Personalized Programs

    Genetics PipettingStudents 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, and work in governmental agencies, biomedical industry, environmental monitoring, and more.

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    Student Research

    Erika CayakOur students conduct research in small teams that work closely with faculty members in dedicated student/faculty research labs. Many students begin research as freshmen, and students can work with multiple faculty on different projects over their four years. Students present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, and have the opportunity to be lead author on publications of their work.

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    Accessible Faculty

    Dr. Loya TeachingHighly 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.

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    Beyond the Classroom

    Underwater Reach HigherStudents can take classes for a semester while living at Raystown Lake Field Station, or pursue study abroad opportunities. 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, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and have dived with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida!

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    A Learning Community

    Biology Student ZoneBiology department classrooms, laboratories, and collaboration areas are housed within our brand-new 70,000 square-foot facility.  Biology 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 foster interaction between students across cohorts, and organize service activities for the community.

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