Department Chair: John-David Swanson, Ph.D.
Consistent with the mission of the University, the Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences provides students with the scientific knowledge and the ethical understanding to stand as responsible stewards of God’s creation. With evolution as an organizing concept, courses in Biology and Biomedical Sciences, for both majors and non-majors, develop the skills necessary for critical and creative thinking, thoughtful and careful analysis, and sound judgment. Such skills will be fostered through the use of classroom discussions and debates, texts and appropriate readings from the primary scientific literature, interactive computer programs and other technologies.
In addition, courses with a laboratory component aim to provide students with a hands-on approach to the exploration of scientific methods. These important skills are needed to advance one’s scientific knowledge and, moreover, are critical in preparing our students for the challenge of exciting careers in the biological sciences.
Medical School and Professional Health Career Preparations
Biology majors interested in professional graduate programs such as medical, dental, veterinary and physical therapy should consult with the Salve Regina University health professions advisor to determine the appropriate degree and courses that should be taken. The B.S. in Biology, Biology- Environmental Sciences, and Biology-Microbiology meet most of the requirements for these programs. Students are advised to check the admission requirements of the professional and graduate program.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:ConcentrationMinor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.