The study of life
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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.
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.
Students 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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Our 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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Highly 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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Students 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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Biology 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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Alayna Hawkins spent her Fall semester studying Marine Biology at the Kenai Peninsula College, which is part of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Read About Her Experience
Stories include a feature on new equipment in the department, new
relationships with local wildlife rehabilitation centers, and a feature
on Marine Biology senior Stephanie Wilson.
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Erika Dreikorn graduated with Department Honors in May 2016 after only 3 years
at SFU. She is putting her B.S. in Biology (Pre-professional Concentration) to
good work as she begins a Master’s program in Human Genetics this Fall at the
University of Pittsburgh.
Read more about Erika's story
Biology alumnus, Nikki Nastasi, is a stem cell lab specialist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for the bone marrow transplant team, and recently became a bone marrow donor herself.
Read Nikki's story
After spending a semester together in a course focused on animal behavior, alumna Meghan Studds and her companion (and former classmate) Maizie headed to Veterinary School.
Read about Maizie's journey from the Humane Society to Veterinary School
Teams of SFU students spent their summer investigating biodiversity in local streams and ponds affected by pollution.
Learn About Their Research
Neurosurgeon Dr. James Burke still remembers the first time he saw a human brain in person. Even today, after countless surgeries, he still finds the experience of seeing and operating on a brain “surreal.”
Get inside James' brain
Taking care of animals was something that always appealed to Leah
(Christ) Trout. Growing up on her parents’ farm the menagerie that
surrounded her included goats, cats, cows, pigs, and sheep. She enjoyed
caring for all of them.
Meet Leah Trout
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