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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.