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What will I learn?

The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) major at Sacred Heart University provides students with curriculum grounded in the natural sciences that combine courses from multiple traditional disciplines. In this major, you will develop basic skills by taking foundational courses in science, mathematics, and computing. You’ll then focus on additional science content in advanced courses across multiple disciplines. A fourth-year capstone course will help you integrate the concepts from multiple disciplines to solve real-world problems through case studies and projects.

The need for STEM prepared teachers is persistent in the United States and a consistent area of need for teachers in Connecticut. The STEM major is appropriate for undergraduates seeking employment in Elementary Education and is designed for undergraduates to transition into the 5th year program in the College of Education to obtain Elementary Education Licensure and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. STEM majors also have the opportunity to continue on in the College of Education to earn a Certificate of Advanced Studies in STEM Education.

You will also participate in the internship program that helps build necessary experience. Recent SHU biology majors have secured internships with:

  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • The Beardsley Zoo
  • Fairfield Community Veterinary Clinic
  • The Maritime Aquarium
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • The Norwalk Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic
  • Pfizer
  • Unilever Corporation

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to design and interpret both hypothesis driven experimental investigations and observational studies typical of biological science.
  • Demonstrate mastery of a body of content indicating understanding of the core concepts and principles of biological science within the framework of evolution.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written presentation of experimental/peer-reviewed literature-based research and preparation of journal article style primary research reports.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively use a suite of laboratory techniques, equipment, and computer software appropriate for scientific investigations in biology.
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and leadership skills through work on group projects and assignments in lecture and/or lab.
  • Critically evaluate ethical and public policy issues involving application of biological information.
  • Demonstrate intellectual engagement through active participation in course activities, discussions, and assignments.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$45,230.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

5151 Park Avenue,

FAIRFIELD,

Connecticut,

06825, United States

Online/Distance with attendance (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$45,230.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

5151 Park Avenue,

FAIRFIELD,

Connecticut,

06825, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International students are eligible to apply to the undergraduate program for full-time study at Sacred Heart University if they 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.

For international students

International students are eligible to apply to the undergraduate program for full-time study at Sacred Heart University if they 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.

For all non-native English speakers, an official English language proficiency examination is required. The following examinations and minimum scores are accepted:

  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT - 80 (internet-based test)
  • iELTS - 6.5
  • SHU ELI online placement exam – 90%
  • PTE – 62
  • iTEP – 5
  • ELS English for Academic Purposes - Level 112
  • Education First (EF) - C1
  • Cambridge C-1 - Advanced - 180
  • Cambridge C-2 - Proficiency - 180
  • Duolingo English Test - 110
  • GTEC - 1200
  • EIKEN - Pre 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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