Immerse yourself in the study of all living things
Biology is the study of the processes that maintain life, including the complex interactions between organisms and their environment.
This program studies fundamental principles of biology at every level of biological organization, from genes to cells and organ systems to even ecosystems. In addition to the core courses, students will have the opportunity to participate in student-faculty research through courses and summer research programs with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.
The Biology program at St. Edward's allows students to:
- Conduct independent scientific investigations
- Engage in teaching labs that focus on experimentation
- Access state-of-the-art instrumentation for innovative and collaborative research
- Utilize spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center
- Gain technical knowledge to prepare for a career or post-graduate study
Students immerse themselves in Austin’s intellectually curious culture and benefit from the many global leaders in innovation and technology headquartered in Austin. Our programs facilitate engagement with this rich environment by providing students with opportunities for hands-on experience throughout their education.
- Primarily designed for students pursuing a double major, biology education certification, or admission to professional schools
- Provides a solid foundation in biology with more latitude in the choice of general electives
Health Professions Track
- Designed for students who intend to pursue further education and a career in the health professions such as medicine, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, dentistry, physical therapy, public health or nursing
- Degree requirements include the prerequisites for most professional schools
Graduate School Track
- Designed to provide a strong background in biology and research and prepare students for graduate school
- Prepares students for education at the graduate level leading to careers outside the health professions
- Students might study molecular biology, cellular biology, developmental biology, microbiology, neurobiology, zoology, botany, ecology or other fields
- Prepares students to be health care detectives, investigating the cause of infectious disease, cancer and other ailments
- Involves coursework at St. Edward's University and clinical training at an affiliated MLS program (currently Austin State Hospital)
- Courses span disciplines such as microbiology, hematology, immunology, clinical chemistry and molecular biology
With a Biology degree, you will have the practical and professional experience needed to pursue work in many fields. Many students select this degree to prepare for a career or graduate study in medicine, dentistry, nursing and public health.
Ready for Professional School
82% of our Biology graduates have been accepted into medical, dental, physician assistant and veterinarian schools. In addition, our students are admitted to PhD programs in biological sciences.
Pursue Exciting Careers
Graduates pursue work in areas such as:
- Physical Therapy
- Veterinary Medicine
- Scientific Research
- Physicians Assistance
- Oncology/Cancer research
- Human Development
- Animal Behavior
- Biomedical Sales
Outside the Classroom
Biology major Jana Soares ’15 and Biochemistry major Katharina Weber ’15 won second place and a $1,000 cash prize in the St. Edward’s 2013 Business Plan Competition. Their proposed business venture, Forget-Me-Not, is a smartphone medical app for those who require frequent monitoring of medical vital signs.
At the annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Sciences in San Antonio, Texas, 11 Biology students won awards for outstanding research presentations. In addition, 32 St. Edward’s University students were co-authors on a paper published in 2015 in the scientific journal Genes Genomes Genetics. This research was completed as a part of the Research Explorations in Genomics course taught by Bioinformatics Professor Charles Hauser.
Meet the Faculty
Our distinguished faculty members are teacher-scholars with years of academic experience and creative passions of their own. They stay active in their fields and bring their expertise to the classroom.
Biology Faculty Specialties:
- Conservation Ecology
- Fish Ecology
- Evolutionary Ecology
- Learning and Memory
- Degenerative Disease
- Cell Biology
- Plant Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Animal Behavior
Biology Faculty Research:
- The application of natural antimicrobial compounds to inhibit pathogenic bacterial growth in food
- The genetic basis for mating systems in animals and plants
- The neurobiology of learning and memory, with applications to degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzeimer's
- The role of the human immune system in inflammatory-mediated diseases such as atherosclerosis
- The influence of land use change on the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems
- The environmental effects on organismal development
About the Minor
A minor in Biology is a good option for students who are interested in the field but do not have the time to complete the entire major. Students have the opportunity to minor in Biology while at the same time completing all the Biology prerequisites for medical or other health profession schools.
Students pursuing the biology minor must complete a series of required and elective courses. Students will work in conjunction with a Biology faculty member to create a program that meets the standards of the program faculty.
- General Biology: Cells, Genetics and Organ Systems
- General Biology: Organisms and Populations
- Biology electives