Biology is a diverse discipline, encompassing the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science), biomedical research, agriculture, ecology, teaching, and more. A major in biology from Saint Leo University is designed as preparation for a career in the exciting and rapidly changing field of the life sciences, whatever the sub discipline. In the laboratory, classroom, and field, biology majors will build a firm foundation in life and physical sciences by exploring the facts, theory, and methodologies employed by scientists today.
Three curricular concentrations are available: students can follow the general curriculum (General Biology) and become broadly trained, or they can choose to focus their studies and select either the Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions concentration or the Ecology concentration. All three options provide flexibility to students to craft a curriculum that fits their interests while still providing essential instruction in the life sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics necessary for success as a Biologist.
All Biology majors must take General Education and Science Foundation courses. These courses include:
Students must complete at least 39 credit hours of 300-400 level courses. All Biology courses level 300 and above are accessible only after students successfully complete BIO 125, BIO 125L, BIO 126, BIO 126L with a C- or better, and pass the Biological Foundation Proficiency Exam, which assesses mastery of the material from Biological Principles I and Biological Principles II. This requirement includes transfer students. The Biological Foundation Proficiency Exam will be administered once each year prior to the Fall Semester and once each year at the end of the Spring Semester. Students who do not initially pass the exam may retake it at subsequent scheduled examination dates. Students passing the exam and meeting the minimum grade requirements will be permitted to select a curriculum concentration.