Daryl Hurd, Chair
Using an interdisciplinary approach and maintaining social responsibility, the mission of the biology department at St. John Fisher College is to help all students explore the diversity and complexity of the living world while developing and refining their skills in scientific analysis. The biology department emphasizes hands-on experience within small team-based settings that draws on multiple skills. This approach prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers, including those in health care, science, and technology.
The department offers both a B.A. and a B.S. degree in biology.
The Bachelor of Arts in Biology allows a student more time to study other areas of the liberal arts, as well as an opportunity to pursue a double major. The B.A. degree may be of special interest to those who want to combine another major, such as chemistry, management, or education, with their biology major. If a second major is not pursued, the student is required to complete a minor program in another area of study.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology is recommended for students who want a concentrated biological sciences program. Students pursuing a B.S. degree may complete a minor program, but are not required to do so.
The Pre-Health Professions Program is for students interested in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, and health care-related careers other than nursing. Students interested in nursing should refer to the Wegmans School of Nursing. A degree in biology is not required for admission to medical, pharmacy, and other health professional schools, but certain science courses are required for admission and in preparation for standardized admissions tests. Students contemplating careers in the health professions should consult with the health professions advisor as early in their college careers as possible.