• Dr. Rice in the lab with students

Biology Department

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


  • 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

Resources & Downloads

Biology Tracks:

  • Biologist Track
  • Forensic Science Track
  • Physical Therapy Track
  • Wildlife Ecology Track
  • Biology-Chemistry major

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Student Research Options


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.


“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

Dr. Anne Perez was mentioned on NBC and ABC regarding her work with the Lake County, Indiana coroner’s office on the homicide cases in Gary, IN, as well as regional news:  Read press release   

Perez assists with Gary, Indiana murder investigation: http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30605540-418/hunt-for-evidence-continues-in-suspected-killers-dumping-ground.html

Perez was interviewed on National Public Radio: Watch video of Dr. Perez discussing forensics on National Public Radio (1:19:39) 

Biology Department Majors & Minors



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.

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    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.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.