The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to the
preparation of students for the biology of the new century. Indeed,
the coming century is foreseen by many as " The Century of
Biology." To prepare students to participate in this "new biology"
our curriculum presents the student with the opportunity to follow
different pathways by engaging in a variety of courses to acquire a
broad background. All students are take a three-semester core
program that encompasses biology from atoms to ecology and
evolution. Students can then mold, with the advice of a faculty
advisor, the remainder of their biology curriculum to meet their
needs and interests.
The Department consists of biologists who are experienced
teachers and world-class researchers, with interests ranging from
molecular and cell biology to ecology. Undergraduate students are
encouraged to work closely with the faculty by taking research
courses, and graduate students begin working in a research
laboratory early in their training.
An important mission of St. John's University and the department
is to meet the needs of the less advantaged and to promote cultural
diversity. There are programs and fellowships available for those
who are qualified. These include Women in Science, Clare Boothe
Luce fellowships, and the Initiative for Minority Student
Development (IMSD). Research and research training are an integral
component of the IMSD program.
We welcome you at St. John's. We have a faculty who are
dedicated to education, but are also active in research and are
known nationally and internationally. You will form bonds with
students and faculty, and develop a style of thinking and analysis,
that will last for a lifetime.