Department Location

Academic Building SC 217
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield CT 06825

Department Chair

Mark Jareb, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Contact Us

Tel: 203-371-7780
Fax: 203-365-4785

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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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    Fall 2013 Newsletter
    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.

Latest News

Project Limulus Film, by SHU Alumni Sarah Pfeffer

Project Limulus film produced by SHU alumni Sarah Pfeffer selected to be shown at the Beneath the Waves film festival

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  


Overhead view of Dingle, Ireland‌'Surf beat' recorded in Dingle Harbour 

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


Unique Installation to Be Completed as Part of Stratford Point Restoration Project

May 7, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s Biology Department, in collaboration with DuPont and the Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS), is beginning an innovative and experimental “living shoreline” installation at Stratford Point in Stratford, as part of a multi-year coastal habitat restoration project.

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).