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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.
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.
- Bachelor of Science in Biology
- Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology - New for Fall 2016
- Bachelor of Science in Coastal and Marine Science - New for Fall 2016
- Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience - New for Fall 2016
- Associate in Arts General Studies
- Biology in Ireland
WNPR: Proposed Cuts To NOAA Worry Scientists About Coastline Impact
March 10, 2017
Connecticut Sea Grant supports a wide range of environmental and educational activities in Connecticut, but could be eliminated under President Donald Trump's budget. In 2016, Connecticut Sea Grant managed about $1.1 million in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The money went through UConn's Avery Point campus to a variety of projects, including coastal research, resource management, and education.
College of Arts & Sciences Hosts Inaugural Faculty Showcase
February 14, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The University Commons area and adjacent classrooms at Sacred Heart University were a hive of activity Feb. 8 as SHU’s College of Arts & Sciences hosted its inaugural CASCon event. The conference showcased the work of 55 faculty members from multiple disciplines. They formed 15 panels to provide presentations that emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of faculty scholarship and reaffirmed the College’s commitment to faculty scholarship and undergraduate research.
Biology Professor Jennifer Mattei Participates in International Conference
December 20, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University biology professor Jennifer Mattei presented her research on horseshoe crabs at the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress this fall in Hawaii. More than 9,000 people from around the world attended the event, which is the largest conference on nature conservation. There were presentations, e-poster sessions and “knowledge cafés,” where participants shared work, conducted discussions and learned about research conservation efforts from around the world. Interactive technology was on display including NOAA’s Science on a Sphere.