Eric Adjei-Danquah '17 in the lab

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at Saint Joseph's University prepares students for a bright future. Our students experience a hands-on, experimental approach in all of their courses and are ready to pursue a wide range of careers — from medical and health professions to science education.

The Department of Biology aims to educate broadly trained biologists who are also well-grounded in chemistry and mathematics and have command of the written and spoken word. Our emphasis is placed on the understanding of principles and concepts in biology, and the application of those principles through analysis of data and synthesis of information learned in the classroom.

We provide appropriate training for students seeking admission to professional and graduate schools, as well as those who wish to enter the job market directly following graduation. We also have a small but strong graduate program for those who wish to engage in research as part of their career or to continue their graduate training at the doctoral level.


Of graduates have gone to medical school.


Of graduates have gone to graduate school.


Of graduates are working in biology-related careers.


Of gradautes are working in allied health areas and K–12 education.

Explore Our Department

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Information for Incoming Students

The Department of Biology has numerous programs and resources for incoming first-year biology majors. These academic opportunities play a big role in helping students adjust to college-level courses, learn new skills and meet and network with other students and alumni in science-related fields.

We encourage you to check out our student resources page to learn more about the guidance and support available to you during your time as a biology student at Saint Joseph's. We also invite you to explore our Biology Experience Aimed at Growth, Learning and Excellence (B.E.A.G.L.E.) program and the Phage Safari lab

News and announcements

Graduate Finds Passion for Farming and FermentationJulianne Hunt ’21 decided to pursue her lifelong passion for farming and biology, while also double majoring in classical studies. Following her graduation this month, she’ll put her education to the test helping a Pennsylvania-area farm open a new cidery.

Science Goes Virtual: Moving Outreach Opportunities Online Amid the PandemicSaint Joseph’s science outreach programs have continued throughout the pandemic with the help of programs like Zoom and Google Classroom.

Alumnus Returns to Hawk Hill with a Biotech Startup: The College of Arts and Sciences and Navrogen, a biotech startup co-founded by an alumnus, create a unique and first-time partnership at SJU.

Brothers Use Their Passion for Biology and Ethics to Impact the Lives of Children in PalestineTwo Saint Joseph’s students and brothers recently co-authored a research paper proposing a palliative care model for a pediatric hospital in Palestine.

New Program Prepares Saint Joseph’s Undergraduates for Medical Careers: A new program is offering Saint Joseph’s biology majors the chance to gain mentoring and support from upperclassmen, alumni and the local health care community.

Biology Major Concentrations: Starting in fall 2020, students majoring in biology may elect to declare a single concentration within the biology major if they choose.

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Alumni Spotlight

Jacob Feiertag

The solid foundation in the natural sciences, as well as the underlying Jesuit principles, taught through my humanities courses, guided me toward my love for the medical field."


Jacob Feiertag '20

M.D. Student, Penn State College of Medicine

Ave Burleigh '20

College-level science is a big change from high school. I participated in the BEAGLE program as a freshman, and, as a result, developed the skills needed to succeed in the department."

Ave Burleigh '20

Ave Burleigh '20

biology major, behavioral neuroscience minor

Marisa Egan

Quickly, the lab became my favorite classroom on campus. As a microbiology student researcher, I had several teachers in the lab — including students — who welcomed my curiosity."


Marisa Egan '18

Doctoral Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

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