The major in Biology provides a strong foundation for graduate study, professional service and career advancement. Scientists' most important tools are their ability to integrate new knowledge – whether gained by direct study or by reading and research of others – with pre-existing knowledge, their powers of observation and their self discipline. Those tools help scientists to gain better understanding of the truth. Biology courses instill in students a deeper respect for all life forms, a recognition that all forms of life are linked to our own through the environment, the similarities between all life at the biochemical level and the relationships between organisms in the evolution of life on Earth.
The Bachelor of Arts major in Biology is the College's enhanced program in Biology. The Bachelor of Arts major in Biology includes two semesters of foreign language study.
The Bachelor of Science major in Biology provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the realm of living beings. Students majoring in Biology learn experimental skills of laboratory research. Students planning careers as doctors, dentists, or veterinarians work closely with their faculty advisor and follow the curriculum of the major in Biology. The Bachelor of Science major in Biology/Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dental/Pre-Veterinary Medicine is thus carefully designed to enable students to gain admittance to professional and graduate schools. Careful course selection, advising from the faculty advisor, field experiences, internships, the senior research project, and a record of superior academic achievement are crucial to success in admission to professional and graduate schools.
A minor in Biology is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.
Strongly recommended courses include:
BI 303 Histology
BI 305 Physiology
Last summer Bobby Michaud ’14 earned a scholarship from the Maine Space Grant Consortium, a nonprofit that funds research of interest to NASA. His research concerns the relationship between humans, animals and bacteria. “Bacteria will always be a part of our lives and will always be important to us,” he says, noting, “58 to 61 percent of all human pathogens are zoonomic, or derived from animals.” His work may be important to NASA’s efforts to use animals in biodome habitation and space colonization.
Typical Saint Joseph's College biology graduates have known from an early age that they wanted to pursue a career in science, often influenced in their decision by family members, environment or even by childhood games. Learn about forensic chemist Brandi Caron '99 and find out what other career paths biology graduates have chosen.
In the summer of 2010, biology lab coordinator Camilla Fecteau worked as a field manager for the Casco Bay Estuaries Partnership on the Crooked River Watershed Stream Crossing Inventory. She surveyed stream/road crossings in an attempt to increase passage of fish species like brook trout and land-locked salmon. Now one of her surveyed sites with inadequate fish passage has been fully funded for improvement.