Cellular/Molecular Concentration - Biology Major
All living things are made up of cells and each cell has its task, simple or complex. Study the systems of cells, DNA and RNA, proteins, and biosynthesis, and they all interact.
Learn the foundations of biology and research methodology. Courses will focus on genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and microbiology. Labs designed for each subject will give you hands-on experience in your field. Outstanding faculty will provide individualized academic and career guidance every step of the way.
For your senior comprehensive, you’ll work closely with a faculty advisor on independent research of your choice. Throughout your project you’ll demonstrate your understanding of current biological principles and the scientific method. You’ll utilize skills learned through field and laboratory courses. Your findings are presented to the biology department at the conclusion of your research.
You’ll submit four pieces of scientific writing, including a committee-approved paper. The papers will be based on a directed research project of your choice. You'll showcase your strong writing skills and your unique scientific perspective.
Recent cellular/microbiology graduates have been accepted in prominent graduate and medical schools, such as Harvard University School of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Public Health. They’ve become medical technologists, toxicologists, and cytogeneticists.
Saint Mary’s biology majors who followed a prescribed curriculum have the ability to be automatically accepted into master's degree programs at two distinguished schools. Saint Mary's has an agreement with the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, Ill., and an agreement with the Master of Physical Therapy program at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich.