Biology

Department Location

Academic Building SC 217
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield CT 06825

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Tel: 203-371-7780
Fax: 203-365-4785
biology@sacredheart.edu

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‌‎Biology is the scientific study of life in all its many diverse and‎ marvelous forms. If you find it‌ appealing to learn how living organisms as diverse as yeast, mushrooms, frogs, horseshoe crabs, zebrafish, finches, chickens, gibbons, and humans function, then you should consider majoring in Biology at Sacred Heart University. The Biology program offers students exciting learning experiences and opens doors for future career and personal development including:

Undergraduate Research and Internships The Biology major at Sacred Heart University offers students opportunities to develop practical experience, through participation in faculty-directed research and job-related internship experiences.

Diverse Careers‎ 
Biology majors may enter the work force immediately following graduation in the fields of education, biotechnology, conservation, and government service.  Biology graduates are also prepared for professional and graduate-level training in fields as diverse as medicine, public health, law, and scientific research.

Relevance Both Now and in Future 
The Biology major at Sacred Heart University provides graduates with the intellectual tools required to understand the impact of technological progress on human society, other species, and the environment.  These tools provide our graduates with a means to make informed decisions about critical ethical issues long after the degree program is completed.

The Biology Department designed its curriculum to reflect the complexity and diversity of the living world. Its graduate will be conversant with the cellular and molecular basis of life, the design and functioning of individual organisms and the ecological interactions of organisms. 

A graduate will respect the primacy of evidence and appreciate its role in the historical development and advancement of a discipline. A graduate will be able to analyze evidence in a critical fashion through exposure to data analysis in the literature and in laboratory course work.

Finally, the graduate will be cognizant of the possible social impact of biological progress and will be prepared to wrestle with the difficult ethical conflicts resulting from such advancement.

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Latest News

SHU’s Living Shoreline Project Selected for Funding by Federal Coastal Resilience Grant Program

July 19, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— A multi-state project, including a research team from the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University (SHU), was selected for funding to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations for the design and placement of living shorelines or nature-based infrastructure as part of a $1 million 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grant. The grant will be awarded to the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) and New England Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Agencies in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut with partners from the Nature Conservancy. An additional $500,000 in matching funds was provided by the partners to undertake the work.

RTE: Rare giant squid caught off Dingle

May 16, 2017

"An extremely rare giant squid, measuring nearly six metres long, has been landed off Dingle, Co Kerry. The 5.8m (19') squid was caught by the crew of the fishing vessel Cú na Mara during a trawl on the Porcupine Bank, 120 miles west of Dingle."

Sacred Heart University Awards Tenure, Promotions

April 18, 2017

Sacred Heart University has awarded tenure to nine faculty members, seven of whom also earned promotions. In addition, seven additional members were promoted.