Health Science


The Health Science (B.A.) degree promotes student’s interest in an interdisciplinary understanding of medicine and health care. The program will enable students to appreciate the strengths and limits of the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities as they seek to better understand the myriad of complexities associated with disease, illness, health, suffering, and healing.

The Health Sciences degree serves as a pre-professional preparation for the graduate degree required for working in a particular field (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, physician assistant, and others). Baccalaureate graduates may seek employment as a group home staff member, clinical research assistant, quality assurance staff, case manager, or activity director. The present and future employment outlook in most health science fields promises a growth rate much faster than the national average.

Explore the Health Science Program

The study of science is born from the conviction of the fundamental intelligibility of the world. Science at Ave Maria University testifies to the Catholic Church’s confidence in human reason’s ability to know the truth about God’s creation even apart from the illuminating power of grace. The natural sciences are not simply technological disciplines, but are truly liberal arts education in which we seek to know truth for its own sake. By enabling us to enter the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of physical reality, science instills within the students a deep sense of wonder at the natural universe.

  • AMU is home to a Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society chapter, which exceptional Biology majors students have the opportunity to join.
  • Ave Maria University Department of Biology faculty teach all lab sections, allowing students more personal attention and expert guidance. Most labs are smaller than 24 students.
  • Student led organizations include the Biology club, Science Club, and pre-professional societies like the Ave Maria Pre-Dental Society.
  • The Department of Biology also offers degrees in Biology (B.S. or B.A.), Environmental Science (B.A.), Exercise Science (B.A.) and Health Science Administration (B.A.), and minors in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Health Science, and Exercise Science.

In addition to the core curriculum, health science majors take the following courses
BIOL 100 Medical Terminology
BIOL 211 Biology I with Lab
BIOL 212 Biology II with Lab
BIOL 200 Nutrition
BIOL 250 Health and Wellness
BIOL 303 Genetics with Lab
BIOL 304 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
BIOL 309 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
BIOL 401 Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 413 Critical  Analysis -OR- BIOL 497 Directed Research
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I with Lab
CHEM 212 General Chemistry II with Lab
PSYC 350 Health Psychology

A degree in Health Science is ideal for those wishing to enter medical fields or other health related professions. Students who obtain this degree may pursue Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Chiropractic, or Optometry schools. Others may look for a career in Physical therapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Physician’s Assistants.

Thomas Smith, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Education: B.S., Plymouth State University, Plymoth, New Hampshire; M.S., Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Louisville, Kentucky.
Office: Henkels 3048
Phone: (239) 280-2536
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Ernesto Quintero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., California State University; Ph.D., University of Maryland.
Office: Henkels 2048
Phone: (239) 280-1666
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Stephen Cronin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego.
Office: Henkels 3051
Phone: (239) 280-1617
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Nicholas Curtis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Marine Science/Biology, University of Miami; Ph.D., Biology, University of South Florida
Office: Henkels 3067
Phone: (239) 304-7132
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Ladislav Sallai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: M.A., Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia; Ph.D., University of North Dakota.
Office: Henkels 3028
Phone: (239) 280-2418
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Brett Feger, M.S.

Instructor of Biology
Education: B.A., Biology, Knox College; M.S. Zoology, Western Illinois University
Office: Henkels 2066
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Jacob Blanchard

Instructor of Biology
Education: B.A., Biology, Ave Maria University; Ph.D. (Candidate), Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
Office: Henkels 3032
Phone: (239) 304-7130
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Cynthia Chandler

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Rafael Loureiro, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Biology & Lab Coordinator