What will I learn?

The Biology major offers an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum that combines a rigorous grounding in the foundational principles of biological science at all scales of organization from molecules to ecosystems. The program reflects the complexity and diversity of the living world and emphasizes the unifying principles of biological science: evolution, transformations of energy and matter, structure and function, information flow exchange and storage, and the higher level complexity inherent in multi-component systems. The curriculum provides students with significant hands-on experience in laboratory and field coursework and opportunities to explore research problems with faculty or applied experiences away from campus in the form of internships.


Required Biology Core Courses

BI 111, 112 Concepts in Biology I and II
BI 113, 114 Concepts in Biology I and II Laboratory
BI 201, 203 Genetics and Evolution: Organisms to Populations (lecture and lab)
BI 202, 204 Ecology: Populations to Ecosystems (lecture and lab)
BI 399 Senior Seminar

Required Biology Elective Courses

Six Biology courses at the 200-level or higher are required, with at least one course from the environmental, organism, and molecular areas of study. Of these six elective courses at least two must be at the 300-level, and at least three must include labs. Courses that address more than one area of study can satisfy only one of those areas for a student. BI 206/208 Anatomy & Physiology I is an exception and does not satisfy one of these elective requirements.

Required Supporting Courses

  • CH 151, 152, 153, 154 General Chemistry I & II w/Lab
  • CH 221, 223 Organic Chemistry I w/ Lab
  • MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making
  • At least 4 credits in physics at the 100 level or above
  • One other mathematics course: MA 140 or above; MA 151 is recommended

Environmental Biology Area

  • BI 210 Plant Biology
  • BI 230 Microbiology
  • BI 240 Invertebrate Biology
  • BI 245 Vertebrate Biology
  • BI 255 Animal Behavior
  • BI 260 Marine Biology
  • BI 265 Conservation Biology
  • BI 274 Coastal Management
  • BI 276 Oceanography
  • BI 278 Coastal Ecology
  • BI 305 Behavioral Neurobiology

Organism Biology Area

  • BI 205 Essentials of Neuroscience
  • BI 210 Plant Biology
  • BI 212 Developmental Biology
  • BI 230 Microbiology
  • BI 240 Invertebrate Biology
  • BI 245 Vertebrate Biology
  • BI 255 Animal Behavior
  • BI 260 Marine Biology
  • BI 305 Behavioral Neurobiology
  • BI 306 Pharmacology
  • BI 312 Systems Physiology
  • BI 325 Immunology
  • BI 340 Cancer Biology
  • BI 345 Neurobiology

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (At least 120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$42,800.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020, 11 January 2021


Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue,



06825, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary-school education (approximately twelve years of formal education) and have the appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on leaving examinations.

English language proficiency: TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the TOEFL iBT, IELTS - 6.5, PTE - 62, iTEP - 5, ELS English for Academic Purposes - Level 112, Cambridge Advanced English – 58.

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About this uni

With an employability record of 95% at the Institution, Sacred Heart graduates secure jobs soon after completing their studies.

  • 4th among ‘Most Innovative Universities’ in the North USA
  • Has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Home to a total of over 8,000 students
  • Home to award-winning halls of residence