What You'll Learn

Biology is the study of the life all around us. And with a degree in this field, you can work with just about any life form — from humans and animals to plants and parasites.

Our biology program at JCSU will ensure that you graduate with the hands-on experience and knowledge necessary for a successful career within the scientific community.

What will I study as a biology major?

At JCSU, you’ll have the unique opportunity to create your own concentration within the major.

Your advisor will help you match your courses to your career goals. Our students have the ability to customize their studies to prepare them for:

  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • Nursing school
  • Physical or occupational therapy careers
  • Environmental and ecological studies
  • Work in bioinformatics, forensic science or biotechnology

All biology majors will take core courses in biology, chemistry, math and physics. From there, you can choose classes in topics ranging from zoology and botany to human anatomy and bioinformatics.

Popular classes in the biology program

Course

Description

BIO 336 Introduction to Bioinformatics Study DNA structure and replication, genetic code and the human genome project.
BIO 247 Zoology Examine the biology of the major animal groups.
BIO 242 Ecology Explore the relationships between organisms and their environment.
BIO 240 Human Anatomy Study the basic human structure, its functional systems and how they work with each other.

Where will I study biology?

Through your lab classes, you'll be trained in the correct and safe way to handle chemicals and high-tech equipment. Our on-campus research facilities include:

  • MACMAS Laboratory (Multidisciplinary Applied Computational Modeling and Simulation)
    Used for computational research, such as bioinformatics, this lab was designed to comply with the standards, instrumentation and layout used for the computational modeling lab at MIT.
  • Database and Data Mining Laboratory
    Computers with software packages in the IBM-DB2 database systems are used for data mining and bioinformatics.
  • Parasitology Research Laboratory
    Students and faculty use the molecular biology equipment, centrifuges and inverted and bright field microscopes (which are equipped with digital cameras) to conduct research on parasites.

What will I learn outside the biology program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose. 

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is becoming more connected every day.
  • By taking math and history classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.