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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Explore the Vast and Diverse World of Living Organisms

Mankind shares the planet with literally billions of other organisms. In the past 40 years, science has been revolutionized through exciting advances in the study of the living organisms that inhabit our world. When you pursue a  Biology degree at St. Catharine College in Kentucky , you take part in a plethora of interesting and engaging classes that explore how far man’s knowledge of the living world has come. Through the study of ecology, human physiology, endocrinology, molecular biology comparative anatomy, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, genetics, microbiology, evolution,and other disciplines, you will gain a new appreciation of, even a reverence for, our amazing world.

As a St. Catharine College Biology major, you will also benefit from the many advantages a Liberal Arts education offers. You will learn diverse methods of research. You will explore questions from many different perspectives and you will gain an appreciation for the arts, languages and other areas of study that will make you a well-rounded member of the community. When you graduate you will be prepared to be a leader in life and in your career.

Special Program Highlights and Features:

  • The Biology program is broad based and diverse, so it exposes students to many different aspects of science.
  • Classes are purposely kept small in order to give students many opportunities to interact with their professors and receive hands-on attention in lab and class work.
  • Students undertake projects that scientifically explore current problems challenging our world.
  • The program graduates students who are equipped to begin careers in any number of areas or to enter graduate school.
  • Because the program includes the empirical, scientific approach and the broad liberal arts focus, students receive a well-rounded holistic education.
  • Students have opportunities to study abroad through such programs as Semester at Sea and other such offerings.
  • Biology students can participate in the Green Hand Environmental Club as well as the Biology Club on campus.

Interesting Courses You Might Take:

Comparative Anatomy I Invertebrates w/ Lab (4): This course offers a comparative study of the anatomy of the body of various invertebrate groups, and stresses the functional morphology and major adaptive changes encountered in invertebrate evolution. The course emphasizes the structure/function relationship of the organs in each phyla and subgroup, and the evolutionary modifications of organ systems and their adaptation to the environment.  As far as possible, evidence will be provided to show sequential evolution from simple life forms to more complex organisms.

Environmental Science (4: 3 lecture, 1 lab) :  Students undertake an exploration of contemporary environmental challenges facing our nation and the world. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the ecological system, pollution, strip mining and land reclamation, agricultural problems, challenges of landfills, soil conservation, water quality and other issues facing governments and society. Field trips may be required. Laboratory sessions cover techniques and exercises appropriate to the course in both laboratory and field settings.

Principles of Biology I w/ Lab (4) :  This course deals with cell biology, energy transformations, genetics, and the classification of organisms.  By emphasizing the genetic basis of inheritance, the course highlights the interplay of diversity and natural selection as the driving forces in evolution and the creation of natural systems interacting with the physical environment.

Meet the Instructors

Instructors within the Biology department represent a broad range of scientific backgrounds encompassing fields such as microbiology, ecology and medical physiology. Every instructor in the program is an excellent classroom educator who enjoys working with students and introducing them to the mysteries and challenges of science.

Career Outlook for Major

A BS in Biology is excellent preparation for graduate school. Another option many students pursue is to become a biology teacher on the secondary level by obtaining a teaching certificate. An entry-level position in research is another viable possibility. The forecast for available jobs depends on the career path chosen. For more information about the career outlook for a specific field, visit www.bls.gov/oco.


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Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Natural Sciences is to provide quality undergraduate education in the natural sciences.  As part of this mission, the department aims to expose students to a broad spectrum of courses and experiences within the major areas of natural sciences as well as serve as the community resource center of scientific knowledge that encourages life-long learners.  In addition to preparing graduates for professional and graduate schools, these courses and experiences will enable graduates to better appreciate both the complexity and fragility of the living world, recognize the importance of conservation through active stewardship, and empower them with the tools to contribute to informed citizenship.