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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 amoebae, mushrooms, orchids, horseshoe crabs, bats, 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:
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- 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.
Sarah Pfeffer, recent graduate of our master’s in communication program, produced a film entitled Project Limulus, which has been selected for a screening at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. Read more
Deployment of two CERA diver pressure sensors in Dingle Harbour in early January recorded wave action of ~1m at the mouth of Milltown Creek. Read more
Biology Department Receives Grant to Assess Juvenile Horseshoe Crab Populations in Long Island Sound
December 2, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University Biology Department has received a $103,000 grant commitment from Connecticut Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to assess the demographics and habitat requirements of juvenile horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound over the next two years. The grant work will be overseen by Associate Professor Mark Beekey and Professor Jennifer Mattei of the Biology Department. The grant includes $16,000 per year for graduate student support and $7,000 per year for undergraduate research support.
SHU and CT Audubon Receive Grant to Implement Coastal Protection Project at Stratford Point
October 30, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University and Connecticut Audubon Society have been awarded a $59,000 Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant to construct an innovative “living shoreline” project at Stratford Point to both improve critical bird and wildlife habitat and protect the state’s coastline from storms like Hurricane Sandy. The living shoreline includes the construction of a reef through the installation of 40 permeable concrete reef balls—a technology never before used in Long Island Sound— along with the restoration of a salt marsh behind the reef. The project will be constructed in roughly 3.5 acres of intertidal zone of the 40-acre coastal estuary restoration site at Stratford Point, which is managed by Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS).
Grad Student Brings Innovation to Metro-North Railroad
October 10, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. –Sacred Heart University graduate student, Caitlin Timoney, a native of Philadelphia and a student in SHU’s master’s of environmental science and management program, was a winner recently in a competition among interns in Metro-North Railroad’s Environmental Service and Compliance Department. Her team were the winners in a contest looking for innovative ideas to improve customer service and save money.