Saint Xavier University Biological Sciences



The Department of Biological Sciences seeks to teach the significant facts upon which the major concepts and theories of the life sciences rest and to generate in students the habit of dealing scientifically with concepts that fall within the scope of science, while developing in students an appreciation for and an understanding of the methodology of science.

Quick Snapshot

Campus Location
Length of Program
4 years
Courses per Semester
Average of 5 courses
Total Number of Courses
41 courses

The biology programs are all offered through Saint Xavier's Chicago campus where students can enroll in the 25 general education courses, as well as the 16 program-specific courses. Although a student is considered full time with 4 courses per semester, it is recommended for biology students to enroll in 5 courses to complete the program within the standard four years.

Programs of Study

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a range of programs that fit the needs of not only biology majors but also the needs of general education students and candidates for teacher licensure. The department offers a major in biology with three tracks options in general biology, biology education and pre-health. It also offers a minor in biology.

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 facility, a cadaver facility and a light microscope research center. Courses in biology utilize the diverse resources in the Chicago area, including museums, zoological parks, nature preserves and Lake Michigan. 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 SXU students access to all summer field courses offered by any of the Consortium schools.

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