Biology

Department Location

Academic Building SC 217
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield CT 06825

Department Chair

Barbara Pierce, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Contact Us

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

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.

New Programs Offered, Providing More Choices and Opportunities to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

December 9, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University is continuing 53 years of growth with new majors, minors, degrees and concentrations for graduate and undergraduate students.

Professor Secures Grant Funding to Expand Stratford Point 'Living Shoreline'

November 17, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University biology professor Jennifer Mattei has secured grant funding for the expansion of a project to reverse erosion along a section of Stratford’s shoreline. Mattei partnered with Audubon Connecticut (conservation stewards) and the DuPont Company (land owners) of Stratford Point to install Connecticut’s first ‘living shoreline’ to restore coastal habitats to maintain their resiliency and function in the face of climate change.