Biology, Bachelor of Science

126 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


Careers in the biological sciences are challenging and intensely rewarding, and there are a wealth of opportunities available to those with a hunger to understand how living things work and interact with the natural world.

You can prepare for these opportunities by earning your Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at St. John's University. Offered by St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 126-credit program is your ticket to success in this demanding field. Biologists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. Most specialize in fields such as anatomy, botany, embryology, genetics, oceanography and pathology.

Biology students at St. John’s benefit from an internationally known faculty and outstanding academic resources. Through coursework and research opportunities, students develop a broad vocabulary in biology and master the ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in writing, speech and visual representations.

Graduates have confidence in their understanding of the foundational principles of biology, proficiency in the techniques and practical applications of modern field and laboratory biology, and the ability to conduct scientific studies of biological systems and present findings in scientific formats.

We invite you to learn more about the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at St. John’s by exploring our program requirements, objectives, academic resources and faculty.

Contact Information
Ales Vancura, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

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Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology are identical to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact the Admission office directly at the campus of your choice:

Queens Campus


Staten Island campus

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Career Outcomes

There are several exciting career paths you can follow as a biologist including: research, health care, environmental management and conservation and education. Graduates often combine their scientific training with interests in other fields including: biotechnology, forensic science, mathematics, economics, politics and industry.

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Global Approach to Education

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.

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Students majoring in Biology at St. John's gain a solid foundation in the theory and application of biological and other scientific concepts and principles.

They learn and are mentored by an enormously gifted, internationally known faculty of scholar-teachers who care about each student's progress. Faculty encourage students to conduct their own research and to serve as partners in faculty research in the University's recently upgraded biology laboratories.

Students develop a strong academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Clubs and honor societies of particular interest to Biology majors include these:

  • Roger Bacon Scientific Honors Society: Honor society for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology or environmental studies
  • Watson Pre-Health Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon:  International honor society for economics

The Skull and Circle Honor Society and the Lambda Kappa Phi Honor Society annually select students from St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who combine scholarship, integrity and dedicated service to the St. John's community.

Every student at St. John's benefits from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources. For example, all new students receive their own wireless laptop computer with full access to the University's award-winning network.

Other facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume UniversityLibrary. Our new D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café and a full-service food court.

All students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty andCareer Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

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