Working closely with our faculty in the classroom and the laboratory is one way that the Department of Biology at Saint Joseph's University provides a personalized educational experience.
The Biology program at SJU was created to prepare students for a wide range of career options. The curriculum provides 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.
The faculty of the Biology Department see teaching as the primary mission of both the Department and the University. One of the hallmarks of our department is the close relationship faculty have with students. For example, all of the labs in upper division courses are taught by full-time, faculty and not by adjunct professors or teaching assistants.
One of the most important qualities of the Department is the opportunity for undergraduates to participate in faculty research. This mentor-student relationship involves the design and execution of experiments, and as such is a very enriching learning experience. Students can work with faculty as volunteers, for academic credit, or for pay during the summer months.
Recent graduates have gone to professional schools such as Cooper Medical School, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University, and the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
Students have also been admitted to Ph.D. programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of North Carolina and Rutgers University.
Almost 30% of graduating seniors conducted research with faculty members and presented their research at scientific meetings.