- 1 A bachelor’s degree in Biology is the basis for hundreds of specialties in the medical field.
- 2 According to The Princeton Review, “Biology majors have the opportunity to explore careers in some of the hottest and most rapidly developing fields, such as genetics (think Human Genome Project), biotechnology, and medical research.”
- 3The US Department of Labor claims that Biology-related career paths, such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and others are among the top 20 highest paying jobs in the US.
Why Study Biology at Saint Joseph’s College?
As a Biology major at SJC, you will have the opportunity to choose from one of four tracks:
- Biologist Track – recommended for those interested in pre-med, pre-vet, life science teaching, and other careers in the biological sciences
- Physical Therapy Track – recommended for those interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and athletic training careers
- Forensic Science Track – prepares students for graduate work in forensic science
- Wildlife Ecology Track – recommended for those interested in careers in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, aquatic and marine biology, and natural resources
As a Biology student at SJC, you will be encouraged to pursue internships. Common Biology internships include working with Eli Lilly, AIT, state parks, various hospitals, and doing "in-house" internships with faculty. You will also have several near and on-campus opportunities, including student research and access to more than a dozen field sites within 35 minutes of campus. In addition to internships and on-campus opportunities, our Wildlife Ecology students have the opportunity to participate in a Winterim Island Ecology course in the US Virgin Islands, take zoology classes with spring break field trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to study salamanders, and travel to Dauphin Island, Ala. to study marine biology.
Dedication to Excellence
At SJC, you will be challenged. Biology students spend much of their time in our laboratories, outside the classroom gaining field experience, and in the library doing research for scientific journal articles that they co-author with faculty. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology, many Biology majors choose to pursue graduate studies or degrees and become chiropractors, doctors, dentists, occupational therapists, optometrists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and veterinarians. The Department of Biology currently has an 80% placement rate in graduate schools in the medical field.
Faculty and Class Size
The Department of Biology at SJC consists of faculty who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise, have published research articles across the country, and have been called as expert witnesses in federal court cases. Forensic Science students have the opportunity to work with Dr. Neal Haskell, a renowned forensic entomologist. Dr. Haskell has been a key witness in several well known and controversial murder cases, such as the Casey Anthony trial and the Danielle Van Dame case. The average Biology class size at SJC varies; introductory classes and labs have about 30 students, while concentration classes can range in size between 6 and 16 students.