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Biology is the study of life in all of its variety and complexity. Biologists approach the study of life at levels ranging from molecular biology and physiology to ecology and evolution. Students of biology must each find the unique niche within this diverse field that best suits her or his passions. 

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  • Why Biology at SFU?

    1. Students First. The Biology Program at SFU is designed with the uniqueness of each student in mind. Our department provides customizable degree programs and personal academic advising by biology faculty. 

    2.  Small Class Sizes, a tight-knit community of students, and opportunities for students to engage in novel research with faculty mentors. 

    3. High Success Rates. Many of our graduates go on to graduate schools and professional schools, while others use their bachelor degree to pursue careers in research, education, wildlife management, medical laboratories, as well as aquaria and zoos.

    • Personalized Programs
    • Student Research
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    • Beyond the Classroom
    • A Learning Community
    Personalized Programs

    Biology MFT Score 2019Students can opt for one of our flexible general biology degrees, or choose from a variety of concentrations within the biology major. Biology faculty members serve as academic advisors for all of our majors and provide one-on-one attention to help you achieve your career goals. SFU Biology majors go on to graduate schools, professional schools, and work in governmental agencies, biomedical industry, environmental monitoring, and more.

    The Major Field Test (MFT) in Biology, assesses mastery of concepts, principles and knowledge of graduating Biology students. SFU is extremely proud of a ranking in the 83rd percentile compared to other schools.

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    Student Research

    Erika CayakOur students conduct research in small teams that work closely with faculty members in dedicated student/faculty research labs. Many students begin research as freshmen, and students can work with multiple faculty on different projects over their four years. Students present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, and have the opportunity to be lead author on publications of their work.

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    Accessible Faculty

    Dr. Loya TeachingHighly qualified faculty members, holding doctorates in diverse fields within biology including anatomy, animal behavior, cell biology, ecology, endocrinology, entomology, evolution, microbiology, and molecular biology. Our faculty prioritize student learning above all other commitments, and can provide individualized attention thanks to average class sizes of 20 students : 1 instructor.

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    Beyond the Classroom

    Underwater Reach HigherStudents can take classes for a semester while living at Raystown Lake Field Station, or pursue study abroad opportunities. In addition to SFU's semesters in France or Italy, the biology department offers off-semester field biology courses. Past courses have traveled to St. Lucia, the Galapagos, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and have dived with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida!

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    A Learning Community

    Biology Student ZoneBiology department classrooms, laboratories, and collaboration areas are housed within our brand-new 70,000 square-foot facility.  Biology students have a dedicated student zone where they can relax, study, and interact with their peers. The Biology Club, Environmental Action Society, and SCUBA Clubs are student-run groups that foster interaction between students across cohorts, and organize service activities for the community.

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  • Biology Department Learning Objectives

    While completing their degrees in the Saint Francis University Biology program, our students achieve the following learning objectives:

    • Employ the scientific method, including the use of discipline-specific techniques, to discover and validate biological knowledge.
    • Demonstrate scientific literacy through reading, writing, presenting, and discussing research.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of how atoms and molecules interact to permit the function of living systems, and how cells sense, control, and respond to stimuli in their environments.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of molecular genetics and how this leads to the expression and inheritance of traits.
    • Explain how organisms reproduce and develop, how their anatomical structure permits function, how they maintain internal conditions, and how they sense and respond to external stimuli, across the full range of biological diversity.
    • Describe how evolution by natural selection explains the unity and diversity of life on earth, and articulate how organisms interact at the population, community, and ecosystem levels.
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