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

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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:

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

URI Collaborates with SHU's Biology Department on Project Limulus

November 17, 2015

University of Rhode Island collaborates with Sacred Heart University on Project Limulus

Biology Department Receives National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant for Stratford Point Coastal Restoration

November 12, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s coastal restoration efforts and leadership has been expanded with funding announced this week. The University’s Biology Department has been awarded $148,000 from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund Grant of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The funding will be used to continue SHU’s ongoing restoration work at Stratford Point. SHU is one of 22 Connecticut recipients chosen, based on its research proposal, “Stratford Point Living Shoreline: Restoring Coastal Habitats to Maintain Resiliency and Function.”

Project Limulus Lives On With Help of Disney Conservation Fund

August 18, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Professors Jennifer Mattei and Mark Beekey of the Biology department at Sacred Heart University have received a fourth year of funding from the Disney Conservation Fund for Project Limulus: A Community Research Program. Project Limulus is a research program investigating the population dynamics of horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) in Long Island Sound (LIS).

From Delanoy to Dingle
August 10, 2015

‌SHU Student Kimberly D'Adamo's coastal ecology studies and internship at Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium are featured in West Kerry Live (page 31)