Unique Features of the SLU Biology Program
Education for Life
Saint Louis University offers a Biology program that provides a thorough background in general and advanced topics in the biological sciences in the context of a broad based Jesuit education. A degree (B.S. or B.A.) in biology, which includes the completion of a liberal arts core curriculum, offers the student the advantage of gaining an education that informs the whole person. This will prepare graduates for a more expansive range of careers and provide an in-depth understanding of the world around us.
Long-Standing Collaborations and Student Organizations
Additional distinctive features of Saint Louis University's Biology program are long-standing collaborations with the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Zoo, and the Saint Louis University's School of Medicine. While under the supervision of a faculty member, these associations give our students the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and gain first hand experience in related academic or research-oriented environments. Moreover, the activities associated with the University's social and academic organizations (e.g. the biological honorary society -- Beta Beta Beta and the Pre-Med Club) offer opportunities to build upon one's interest in Biology.
Committed Approachable Faculty
Students in the Biology department find a faculty that is growing and highly accessible to students, whether teaching lectures, advising students one-on-one, or conducting research with undergraduate and graduate students. The diversity of backgrounds and research interests of the Biology Faculty is a definite asset of SLU's Biology Program allowing a wide range of course offerings stemming from each faculty's area of expertise. Faculty pursue a wide range of research interests in the general areas of Cell and Molecular Regulation and Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics and eagerly invite the participation of students in these research endeavors so that they may gain valuable knowledge in the practice of their field.
Providing the Urban and Rural Experience
The location of Saint Louis University in the city of St. Louis offers students many exciting possibilities for doing internships in on-campus or off-campus hospital and research facilities as well as culturally and socially enriching pursuits such as the Fox Theatre, the St. Louis Symphony, and Busch Stadium immediately surrounding the campus. Saint Louis University's Reis Biological Station is located on 225 acres of upland oak-hickory forest in the Ozark Mountains. Huzzah Creek flows through the property which provides students with a species-rich site for studying aquatic systems. Also the 1.5 million acre Mark Twain National Forest surrounding the station allows study of many different ecosystems: forests, fens, glades, caves, springs, ponds, rivers and reservoirs. The station includes modern laboratory and classroom facilities with cabins for student housing during undergraduate summer course work, year-round undergraduate research, or field trips in undergraduate courses.