BIOLOGY

STUDY CREATION, DISCOVER THE CREATOR

Our program brings together students and professors for comprehensive studies in several areas of modern biology. From cell and molecular biology to botany and physiology, our courses will train you to think critically and deepen your understanding of the world that is a dim reflection of its Creator.

Skills You will Gain

1. Extensive working knowledge of Biology – Reap the benefits of a comprehensive biology education covering cell and molecular biology, ecology, botany, zoology and physiology.

2. Thorough lab experience – Thanks to our small lab sizes, you can expect a more complete laboratory experience with individualized attention and expert guidance from our professors to help you become the best you can be.

3. Critical thinking – This program will train your mind to think critically; to organize and order your thoughts, solve complex problems and allow you to understand more of the world.

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Chair of the Biology Department; Professor of Biology

Email:

agnes.berki@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7926

Office:

Henkels 3053

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Instructor of Biology

Email:

jacob.blanchard@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7130

Office:

Henkels 3052

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Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Physiology

Email:

jamon.copeland@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-7943

Office:

Thomas Student Union 2031

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Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

stephen.cronin@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1617

Office:

Henkels 3051

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Dr. Paula Ines Castagnet Chair of Biological Sciences; Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

nicholas.curtis@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7132

Office:

Henkels 2053

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Instructor of Biology; Faculty Athletics Representative

Email:

brett.feger@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7366

Office:

Canizaro Library 249

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Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

ladislav.sallai@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-2418

Office:

Henkels 3028

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Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

samuel.shephard@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7345

Office:

Henkels 2021

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Email:

sandra.tirado@avemaria.edu

Phone:

Office:

Henkels 3032

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Professor of Exercise Physiology

Email:

stephen.wirick@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7966

Office:

Canizaro Library 313

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FAST FACTS

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degrees are available.
  • AMU faculty members have expertise in a wide range of fields, including molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, marine biology, physiology, ecology, and anatomy.
  • AMU faculty members maintain active research laboratories and offer opportunities for undergraduate research. Undergraduate researchers  regularly present their work at academic meetings and some have published in academic journals.
  • AMU faculty members teach all lab sections, allowing students more personal attention and expert guidance. Most labs have fewer than 24 students.
  • AMU is home to a Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society chapter, which exceptional students have the opportunity to join.
  • 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 Environmental Science (B.A.), Health Science (B.A.), Exercise Science (B.A.) and Health Science Administration (B.A.), with minors in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Health Science and Exercise Science.

INTERNSHIPS & CAREERS

  • Biology students at AMU have research opportunities with departmental faculty and have participated in national summer research programs. In addition, students have received internships at local companies, such as Arthrex.
  • A degree in Biology is ideal for students who wish to attend post-baccalaureate studies in fields of Research, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Marine Science, or other Biological related professions. In addition, Biology majors often pursue careers in health care, academia, museums and zoos, education, governmental agencies, environmental conservation, forensic science, industry, and public policy.

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Courses for the B.A. in Biology

BIOL 211 Biology I Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIOL 212 Biology II Organismal and Population Biology

BIOL 220 Zoology

BIOL 230 Botany

BIOL 303 Genetics

BIOL 413 Critical Analysis II or BIOL 497 Directed Research

CHEM 125 General Chemistry I

CHEM 126 General Chemistry II

MATH 150 Functions or MATH 151 Calculus I

16 Biology elective credits from among the following courses

BIOL 105 Environmental Science I

BIOL 106 Environmental Science II

BIOL 200 Nutrition

BIOL 240 General Ecology with laboratory

BIOL 241 General Ecology without laboratory

BIOL 250 Health and Wellness

BIOL 304 Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 305 Molecular Biology

BIOL 306 Basic and Clinical Pharmacology

BIOL 307 Marine Biology

BIOL 309 Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 310 General and Chemical Oceanography

BIOL 321 Tropical Ecology and Field Biology

BIOL 340 Conservation Biology

BIOL 401 Microbiology

BIOL 402 Microbiological Ecology

BIOL 403 Animal Physiology

BIOL 404 General Virology

BIOL 407 Marine Zoology

BIOL 408 Marine Botany

BIOL 438 Aquatic Ecology

EXER 270 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

EXER 300 Exercise Physiology

Required Courses for the B.S. in Biology

BIOL 211 Biology I Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIOL 212 Biology II Organismal and Population Biology

BIOL 220 Zoology

BIOL 230 Botany

BIOL 303 Genetics

BIOL 305 Molecular Biology or BIOL 410 Cell Biology

BIOL 401 Microbiology

BIOL 413 Critical Analysis II or BIOL 497 Directed Research

CHEM 125 General Chemistry I

CHEM 126 General Chemistry II

CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I

PHYS 211 College Physics I or PHYS 221 University Physics: Mechanics

12 Biology elective credits from among the following courses

BIOL 105 Environmental Science I

BIOL 106 Environmental Science II

BIOL 200 NutritionBIOL 240 General Ecology with laboratory

BIOL 241 General Ecology without laboratory

BIOL 250 Health and Wellness

BIOL 304 Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 305 Molecular Biology

BIOL 306 Basic and Clinical Pharmacology

BIOL 307 Marine Biology

BIOL 309 Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 310 General and Chemical Oceanography

BIOL 321 Tropical Ecology and Field Biology

BIOL 340 Conservation Biology

BIOL 402 Microbiological Ecology

BIOL 403 Animal Physiology

BIOL 404 General Virology

BIOL 407 Marine Zoology

BIOL 408 Marine Botany

BIOL 410 Cell Biology

BIOL 438 Aquatic Ecology

EXER 270 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

EXER 300 Exercise Physiology

Minor in Biology

The Biology minor allows students majoring in another discipline to develop familiarity with the biological sciences. TheBiology minor program consists of six courses in biology including BIOL 211 (with laboratory), BIOL 212 (with laboratory),and four additional biology courses of at least 3 credits each coded 200-level or higher. BIOL 201 and BIOL 202 may not be used to fulfill requirements of the Biology minor.

DEPARTMENTAL MESSAGE

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. All students take at least two semesters of natural science as part of their Core Curriculum in the liberal arts education. These courses train their minds to think critically and allow them to understand more of the world that is a dim reflection of its Creator.

The Biology major provides a comprehensive study in multiple areas of modern biology. This major will serve as excellent preparation for graduate school, medical school, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or for employment in research laboratories, clinical laboratories or science education. If course prerequisites are required, they are identified within the course description. In addition to the general Core Curriculum requirements, the courses listed below are required.

Students with an interest in biology as a potential major are strongly encouraged to speak with a biology faculty advisor before beginning their freshman year.

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