Department of Biology

SJC's Department of Biology is committed to creating successful undergraduates and preparing students to pursue further education. As a result, the Department of Biology tailors students’ studies in accordance to their needs and interests and offers multiple opportunities for hands-on experience. All of this is made possible by our dedicated, experienced faculty. The Department of Biology consists of faculty members 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 Department of Biology includes the following programs and majors:


Clubs & Activities


Publications

  • The American Biology Teacher journal article on pig research
  • “The affect of aquatic glyphosate herbicides on survival, growth, development, and behavior of larval Ambystoma salamanders” in Herbicides
  • “Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum Shaw” in Ohio Amphibians and Reptiles
  • “Woodlands and Savannas” in Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Midwestern United States in the series Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Technical Publication HMG-1

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Student Research Options

WHY DO RESEARCH IN COLLEGE?

Employers and graduate schools look for laboratory, field method, and scientific writing skills.  At SJC, student research teaches you all three. Nearly all of our recent graduates who were accepted into medical schools, physical therapy schools, and graduate programs in the sciences gained experience by doing research here at SJC. Most graduate schools look to see if you have learned the methods and disciplines of research. For example, medical schools have happily accepted that our students did research in Amphibian Ecology. 15% higher graduation rates are seen in students who do research or internships compared to students who do not.

Overall, opportunities for student research at SJC include: vertebrate anatomy, microbiology, entomology (insects), forensic science, biochemistry, water quality, geochemistry, environmental geology, habitat restoration, amphibian ecology, and conservation. Students may do research as independent study projects worth 1-3 credit hours.


News

“SJC Senior Joe Karpiak Receives Delta Epsilon Sigma Fellowship”: Biology-Chemistry major receives a $1,200 Delta Epsilon Sigma Fellowship

“SJC Approves Development of Master's Level Programs in Forensic Science”: SJC adds two options for Master of Science degrees and a professional development program to the curriculum

“Maggots are our friends”: Post-Tribune interviews SJC’s Dr. Neal Haskell

“St. Joe Professor Testifies at Casey Anthony Trial”: Post Tribune reports SJC’s Dr. Neal Haskell’s findings in the Casey Anthony trial


Biology Department Majors & Minors


Events

6/10-11/13: Professional Development Workshop: Collection Techniques, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center and Haskell Research Facility, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

6/13-14/13: Professional Development Workshop: Introduction to Fingerprint Theory, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

6/17-18/13: Professional Development Workshop: Carrion Insect Identification, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center and Haskell Research Facility, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

6/17-18/13: Professional Development Workshop: Basic theories of DNC Based Evidence, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

6/24-25/13: Professional Development Workshop: Latent Print Enhancement and Recovery, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

6/27-28/13: Professional Development Workshop: Advanced Techniques in Patent and Latent Documents, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

7/18-19/13: Professional Development Workshop: Overview of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center and Haskell Research Facility, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

7/22-23/13: Professional Development Workshop: Concepts of Blood Patterns and their Mechanisms, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center and Haskell Research Facility, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

7/25-26/13: Professional Development Workshop: Analysis and Interpretation of Insect Evidence, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center and Haskell Research Facility, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

7/25-26/13: Professional Development Workshop: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis/Reconstruction, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center and Haskell Research Facility, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

2/18/14: Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, Reverend Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center

 

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