Biologists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment.
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 (B.S.) in Biology at St. John's University. Offered by St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 120-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 microbiology, immunology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, botany, and ecology.
As a biology major at St. John’s, you benefit from an internationally known faculty and outstanding academic resources. Through coursework and research opportunities, you 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.
As a Biology major, you may be eligible to pursue pathways to graduate programs in the School of Education.
Dr. Rachel Zuffery
Coordinator B.S. Biology[email protected]
Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences
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To earn the B.S. in Biology, you complete 120 credits including core, major sequence, and elective requirements. The major sequence and elective requirements are outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.
* BIO 1050, 1060, 1360 and 1600 are not applicable to the major sequence.
We encourage you to take advantage of research opportunities: BIO 4953 and 4954.
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:
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.
Other facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our 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 and Career Services have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.
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The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry provides you with a comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for graduate school or a career in health, or the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or cosmetic industries.
The program gives students a thorough understanding of the scientific theory and advanced laboratory research techniques vital to success in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Students also receive valuable internship experience in this revolutionary field.
The Department of Biological Sciences offers an intensive, accelerated combined degree program leading to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years of full-time study.
The Ph.D. program in Biology at St. John’s delivers comprehensive knowledge of the biological sciences, with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology.
The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Biology at St. John’s delivers comprehensive knowledge of biological sciences, with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology.
St. John’s University admits selected academically talented high school seniors as biology majors and, simultaneously, to candidacy for admission to the professional Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) program at SUNY College of Optometry. Admission to this accelerated program may allow you to graduate with both B.S. and O.D. degrees in only seven years, rather than the usual eight.
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As a Chemistry major, you will graduate with a wide array of career possibilities in the chemical, environmental, health, and pharmaceutical industries.
The Department of Chemistry offers an intensive, accelerated, combined degree program leading to both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in five years of full time study.
The widely-respected Master of Science (M.S.) program in Chemistry at St. John’s will prepare you for a career in industry, education, government laboratories, or private research, or to pursue a doctoral degree in the field.
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The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making integrates coursework from across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, among others to prepare you for opportunities in a rapidly evolving global community.
Neuroscience is the branch of the sciences that studies the relationship between the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of nerves, nervous tissue, and diseases. Through the Master of Science (M.S.) in Neuroscience at St. John’s , you can prepare for a career in this growing interdisciplinary field.
Physical Science is a flexible major that can include physics, chemistry, and mathematics. It is a desirable path for pre-medical and other pre-health professional studies. Very often, this is taken as a second major along with a major in Biology.
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Physics is a demanding but rewarding major that leads to an exciting array of career opportunities, as well as further graduate study.
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