Bachelor of Arts in Biology

  • Overview

    Saint Joseph’s biology program gives students a comprehensive understanding of the realm of living beings, as well as a strong foundation for graduate study, professional service, and career advancement.

    Scientists' most important tools are their ability to integrate new knowledge—whether gained through research or study—with pre-existing knowledge, observation, and self-discipline. Combined, these tools help scientists to better understand the truth. The biology curriculum instills in students a deeper respect for all life forms, an understanding of the connection between all forms of life, the similarities between all life at the biochemical level, and the relationships between organisms in the evolution of life on Earth.

    At a Glance

    • Rigorous curriculum prepares students for advanced study and careers in biotechnology, environmental and chemical testing, forensic science, and medical laboratory work.
    • Faculty members teach lectures and lab, not teaching assistants.
    • Students have the opportunity to engage in faculty-led research.
    • Internship program for junior and seniors allows students to learn about options within the field and gain valuable work experience.
    • Students planning careers as doctors, dentists, or veterinarians can choose tracks in their pre-professional field of choice, and work closely with their faculty advisor to follow the necessary curriculum to gain admittance into professional and graduate schools.
    • Available as either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

     

  • Curriculum

    A Bachelor of Arts in Biology is the College’s enhanced program in biology and includes two semesters of foreign language study. In both the Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Biology students will learn experimental skills of laboratory research. Curriculum includes principles of biology and chemistry, calculus, genetics, cellular biology, and biochemistry.

    A minor in biology is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.

    Biology and Secondary Education
    The Bachelor of Science major in Biology combined with a minor in Secondary Education is the basis for a career as a high school biology teacher. Students who aspire to teach high school biology also take a series of education courses in the secondary education minor, and successfully complete a semester of student teaching in their senior year.

    This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.

    Pre-professional tracks in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistance, and veterinary medicine are also available. Curriculum in these disciplines are designed to prepare students for professional school, and rely on careful course selection, relationship with faculty advisors, field experiences, internships, and the senior research project.  

    Pre-Dental

    Pre-Medicine

    Pre-Pharmacy
    Saint Joseph's College has an articulation agreement with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Boston to offer a 2+4 cooperative program in pre-pharmacy. The first two years of study for the pharmacy program take place at Saint Joseph's College, while the final four years take place at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Students who successfully complete the six-year program receive the degree of doctor of pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

    Pre-Optometry
    Saint Joseph’s College has an articulation agreement with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania to offer a 3+4 cooperative program in Biology/Pre-Optometry. The first three years of Pre-Optometry study take place at Saint Joseph's College, while the final four years of Optometry take place at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Students who successfully complete this seven-year program receive the bachelor of science from Saint Joseph's College with a major in biology and the doctor of optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

    Pre-Physician Assistant

    Students may be accepted into the Post-Baccalaureate Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MPAS) at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Manchester, N.H., for direct articulation following completion of the bachelor's degree, contingent upon a satisfactory pre-admission interview conducted at the Manchester campus, and provided they have an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students must have completed the following prerequisite coursework with a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and no less than a grade of C in each and no repeats:

    • General Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Microbiology
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Statistics
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Immunology and Genetics are recommended prerequisites but are not required.

    The Manchester post-baccalaureate MPAS program admits up to six (6) students in January of each year. 

    Pre-Veterinary Medicine

     

  • Some of our faculty

    • Elizabeth A. Auger

      Assistant Professor of Biology, Chair

      PhD, Rice University
      MS, Ball State University
      BS, St. Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut

    • Lucas Bernacki

      Assistant Professor of Biology

      PhD candidate, University of Vermont
      BS, Sacred Heart University

    • Camilla Fecteau

      Laboratory Instructor

      MS, University of Southern Maine
      BS, University of Maine at Farmington

    Elizabeth A. Auger

    Assistant Professor of Biology, Chair

    PhD, Rice University
    MS, Ball State University
    BS, St. Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut

    Lucas Bernacki

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    PhD candidate, University of Vermont
    BS, Sacred Heart University

    Camilla Fecteau

    Laboratory Instructor

    MS, University of Southern Maine
    BS, University of Maine at Farmington

  • Student Stories

    • Bobby Michaud '14

      Bobby Michaud ’14 earned a scholarship from the Maine Space Grant Consortium, a nonprofit that funds research of interest to NASA. Learn more about Bobby.

    • Dustin Kniffin ’13

      Dustin Kniffin ’13 wants to own his own chiropractic practice. As part of his biology internships, he's sampled snow on Mt. Washington and done fieldwork on Asian shore crabs.

    • Stevanie Roy ’13

      Stevanie Roy ’13 learned valuable hands-on veterinary skills to augment her undergraduate work.