Biology class examining specimens


Do you dream of working with marine animals? Are you interested in genetics? Do you want to investigate a crime and solve a case? Do you want to be a doctor? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, SJC’s Biology major is a perfect place for you to start. In order to help you reach your goal, our Biology courses are designed to give students knowledge of the basic principles of the biological sciences, skill in the application of the scientific method to biological problems, and the necessary background to pursue graduate or professional studies.



BS in Biology (4 year)
Biologist, Physical Therapy, Forensic Science, Wildlife Ecology
-Also available as a minor
-Secondary education certification is available 
This is a pre-professional program. Your degree in Biology can be used to help you get into medical, dental, and veterinary school and can pave the way for physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, and chiropractic graduate study. 


Why Biology?

  • 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.

Careers in Biology

  • Biologist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Veterinarian

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Washington
  • Ball State University

 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:

  1. Biologist Track – recommended for those interested in pre-med, pre-vet, life science teaching, and other careers in the biological sciences
  2. Physical Therapy Track – recommended for those interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and athletic training careers
  3. Forensic Science Track – prepares students for graduate work in forensic science
  4. 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

Hands-on Experience

As a Biology student at SJC, you will be encouraged to pursue internships. Common Biology internships include working with Eli Lilly, 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.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.

Kelli Lippold '13

Kelli Lippold '13

Graduate in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice


Kelli is a crime lab technician for the South Bend Police Department. She says, "The Dept. of Biology helped me get an internship with the Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory in Kansas. It was one of the coolest experiences I will ever have."


Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.