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Department of Biology

Why Study Biology?

The Department of Biological Sciences has three main objectives:

  1. To teach the significant facts upon which the major concepts and theories of the life sciences rest
  2. To develop in students an appreciation for and an understanding of the methodology of science
  3. To generate in students the habit of dealing scientifically with concepts that fall within the scope of science

Courses in biology utilize the diverse resources in the Chicago area, including museums, zoological parks, nature preserves and Lake Michigan. Students may take classes that are offered through the Associate Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) consortium. Saint Xavier University is a member of the Reis Biological Field Station Consortium. Membership allows faculty the use of the station for field trips/courses and gives the SXU student access to all summer field courses offered by any of the Consortium schools.

Biology Resources

Saint Xavier University has an ideal location for the study of biology. The campus has its own spring-fed lake and the Palos Forest Preserves are within a few minutes drive. The laboratory facilities at Saint Xavier University include an animal behavior research lab, a cadaver facility and a light microscope research center. Moreover, the Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos, Morton Arboretum and Field Museum of Natural History provide local settings for field trips and classes.

In addition, Saint Xavier University is a member of the Reis Biological Field Station Consortium. Membership allows faculty the use of the station for field trips/courses and gives the SXU student access to all summer field courses offered by any of the Consortium schools.