Biology, the study of life, investigates the origins, development, structure and function of all forms of life. The program at Saint Peter’s University begins with a series of required courses that expose students to the major branches of biology. This is followed by an elective program which offers an in-depth learning experience required for professional and graduate studies, and advanced research.
Concentration in Forensic Science
The concentration in Forensic Science allows students to obtain a science-oriented degree that is supported by professional courses in forensic science and criminal justice within the context of a liberal arts education. The field of forensic science is recognized as a respected discipline among scientists and others in criminal justice, chemistry, biology and physics. This concentration, offered through the Department of Biology, is built upon the foundation of the University’s well-established programs in biology, chemistry, criminal justice and psychology.
Special Learning Opportunities
Research: Due to the diverse interests of the faculty (all of whom hold Ph.D.s) individual opportunities for study and research are available in microbiology, physiology, developmental biology, invertebrate zoology, parasitology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, plant biology and ecology.
Pre-Professional Programs: Students interested in healthcare fields (such as pre-medicine, pre-veterinary and pre-dental) are encouraged to major in one of the natural sciences which include coursework in chemistry, biology and physics required for admission to those professional schools. The Health Careers Advisor, Dr. Katherine Wydner, guides students in planning for health-related careers.
Pre-Med Program: Through affiliations with Rutgers University, Saint Peter’s offers joint degree programs for highly motivated students with strong academic records. These accelerated programs lead to degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and medical laboratory science. Our newest partnership is with the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). This partnership has created an educational pathway to study medicine at RUSM and qualified students may receive a scholarship covering tuition for their first semester.
The Transformative Experiences (TREX) Program: (NSF #1832464) is an NSF supported opportunity for students in STEM majors (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics) to engage in a paid STEM internship experience that also counts for academic credit.
Choose elective courses to support your career goals.
Whatever your interest you can choose electives and special research projects to provide the in-depth learning experience needed for your career, professional and graduate studies, and advanced research.