Biology

Department Location

Academic Building SC 217
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield CT 06825

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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

Party for the Planet April 28 Focuses on L.I. Sound Restoration

April 23, 2019

Sacred Heart University will host Party for the Planet, a shoreline cleanup, restoration and environmental awareness event Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stratford Point in Stratford. Party for the Planet will take place rain or shine, and activities are free and open to the public. Participants will join SHU Biology Professor Jennifer Mattei, her associates and volunteers from area schools to remove plastic and garbage from the shoreline and dig out invasive plants and replace them with native species. This preparation is just in time for the annual shorebird migration, horseshoe crab, fish and shellfish spawning season.

Sacred Heart Opens Summer Anatomy Program to High School Students

March 25, 2019

Sacred Heart University will offer an anatomy enrichment program July 15-20 at the Center for Healthcare Education for rising high school juniors and seniors in the area who are interested in biology or health-care careers. Students will examine cadavers and dissect animal specimens while working with the newest simulations and technology. They also will learn basic life support/CPR.

Professors to Participate in Panel Discussion at Maritime Aquarium

March 11, 2019

The Sacred Heart University Department of Biology and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk present the Premier of the International Ocean Film Tour (Volume 6) on Thursday, April 4, 7-9:30 p.m., at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk Newman’s Own Hall, 10 North Water Street, South Norwalk. Enjoy a night of edge-of-your-seat storytelling through a series of inspiring short films all focusing on the big blue, followed by an expert panel discussion.