Biology is a dynamic science that helps you gain a better understanding of living
organisms and the ways they interact with our environment. SLU’s biology program provides
a foundation for careers in medicine and the life sciences, as well as post-graduate
Major in Biology
Saint Louis University offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree
in biology. The Bachelor of Arts degree provides flexibility in selecting upper-level
courses and is favored by students interested in double majors. The Bachelor of Science
degree allows you to choose from five concentrations of study to focus on specific
Biological Science This concentration provides students with a strong foundation in biology and prepares
you for entry-level employment in the life sciences, health professions, K-12 education
and graduate school.
Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology This concentration focuses on the latest advances in biochemistry, genomics, and molecular
and cell biology. It is designed for students interested in careers involving biomedical
research or biotechnology.
Cell Biology and Physiology This concentration provides students with a strong foundation in the structure and
function of organ systems and the tissues that comprise them. It is a good choice
for students planning careers in medicine, pharmacology or health care.
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation This concentration is designed for students interested in various aspects of organismal
biology. It is a good choice for students preparing for graduate study or planning
for a career as a research biologist or wildlife specialist. Plant Science This concentration is designed for students interested in various aspects of plant
biology and prepares you for careers in agricultural industries, botanical research
institutes and advanced training in graduate degree programs.
Biology majors at SLU can enroll in courses that provide credit for structured internships
through collaborations with a variety of local organizations including the Missouri
Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Zoo, Sigma Aldrich, Monsanto and firms in the growing
SLU's Department of Biology also has a field station located in the Missouri Ozarks
for research and teaching that provides unique opportunities for you to explore ecology
and conservation biology through hands-on experiments and undergraduate research.
Advanced undergraduate students with good academic records are encouraged to apply
for positions as teaching or learning assistants. In addition to a stipend, students
gain teaching experience and the opportunity to help others become interested in the
field of biology.
SLU’s biology major develops strong critical thinking and problem solving skills that
provide an excellent preparation for professional schools, such as:
The skills you gain as a biology major can also open the door to a wide variety of
career options in areas such as health care, biotechnology, environmental management,
conservation, education and pharmaceuticals.
Our faculty — all of whom hold the highest degrees in their field — are active in
research. Funded by grants from federal and local agencies, they conduct studies in
diverse subdisciplines within biology, including molecular biology, cell biology,
and ecology and evolutionary biology. They also provide courses that engage and challenge
students by promoting active learning.
SLU's biology department has responded to the rapid growth of the field and its increasing
importance in societal issues.
Join an Honor Society
Groups such as Beta Beta Beta (the biology honorary society) and Alpha Epsilon Delta
(the pre-professional honor society) are social and academic organizations that can
help further your interest in biology while exposing you to its relationship with
other scientific disciplines.