Biology

A Bridge to Careers in Science, Medicine, and Health Care

Overview

With two floors of brand new state-of-the-art labs and top-flight professors, your Biology education prepares you to move ahead in a variety of fields, from Science to Medicine to Health care.

Our program prepares you for medical and graduate school as well as professions in a number of fields. St. Francis graduates currently work as physicians and physician assistants; veterinarians; dentists; podiatrists; scientists; teachers; x-ray technicians; sonographers and nurses.

The program prepares students for medical and graduate school and professions in a number of fields.

They have gone on to graduate and Ph.D. work at prestigious universities including:

  • Columbia University
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Graduates also pursue careers at biotechnology firms; hospitals; pharmaceutical companies, as well as universities. A degree in Biology prepares you to enter a healthy job market and a career filled with exciting opportunities

The Biology department at St. Francis College offers majors in:

  • Biology (as preparation for medical and graduate school)
  • Biomedical Science
  • Medical Technology
  • and Radiologic Sciences.

Radiologic Sciences and Medical Technology are offered jointly with St. John’s University and Methodist Hospital. (St. Francis College awards the B.S. degree).

We encourage Biology students to consider the diverse opportunities available through field placements, internships, or semesters abroad. Many of our students conduct summer research projects at esteemed institutions including:

  • NYU Medical School
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • New York City Department of Health

and at companies such as Pfizer, Colgate-Palmolive, and numerous hospitals.

Courses and Program Info

Mission

Biology is the study of living organisms at the molecular, mi-croscopic, and systemic levels and deals with the interrelation of life forms and their environments. Students will learn classical biology and concepts in molecular and cellular biology and biotechnology that are current and cutting-edge areas of study in biology and medicine. Students will be prepared for graduate study, professional training in the medical sciences and allied health fields, teaching, or employment in industry concerned with the biological sciences.

Besides the traditional classroom experience, biology majors are encouraged to consider the diverse opportunities available through field placements, internships, or semesters at other academic institutions, both domestic and abroad. Taking full advantage of these opportunities requires careful planning, and students are urged to discuss their plans and interests with their academic advisors early. It is also our goal to acquaint non-science students with the issues presented by both human biology and the physical environment.

The Biology and Health Promotion department offers majors in Biology, Biomedical Science (podiatric ONLY), Medical Technology, and Radiologic Sciences; Radiologic Sciences and Medical Technology are offered in association with NY Methodist Hospital and St. Johns’ Catholic Medical Centers of New York (St. Francis College awards the B.S. degree). The Radiologic Sciences program at NY Methodist Hospital has three areas of concentration: radiography, radiation therapy and diagnostic medical sonography. All programs are supervised by the SFC Biology and Health Promotion Department.

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Faculty

Allen Burdowski

Allen Burdowski

Director, Pre-Health Professions Program, Dean of Sciences
Biology & Health Promotion, Management & Information Technology, Pre-Health Professions Program
James Corrigan

James Corrigan

Professor
Biology & Health Promotion
Alison Dell

Alison Dell

Assistant Professor
Biology & Health Promotion
Starr Eaddy

Starr Eaddy

Associate Professor
Biology & Health Promotion
Ellen Glascock

Ellen Glascock

Professor Emeritus
Biology & Health Promotion
Marlon Joseph

Marlon Joseph

Laboratory Instructor
Biology & Health Promotion
Steven Lipson

Steven Lipson

Professor
Biology & Health Promotion
Michele Montecalvo

Michele Montecalvo

Assistant Professor
Biology & Health Promotion
Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan

Department Chairperson, Professor
Biology & Health Promotion, Honors, Environmental Studies
Victoria Ruiz

Victoria Ruiz

Assistant Professor
Biology & Health Promotion

News and Events

News

SFC Professors Share Their Books

From looking for love or a teaching job, examining 'rape culture' to making psychology more accepted internationally, seven St. Francis College faculty members have recently published work on a variety of topics.

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U.S. News & World Report Names SFC to 5 'Best' Lists

While students are still getting used to their new schedule, they received some reaffirming news about the decision they made to attend St. Francis College, as U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Francis on 5 Best lists for the 2018 year including Best Regional Colleges in the North, Least Debt, and Best in Ethnic Diversity

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SFC Again Named Best Bang for the Buck

With a new president ready to begin the school year, St. Francis College heads into the Labor Day weekend with an honor from Washington Monthly magazine, named for a second year in a row as a Best Bang for the Buck among colleges in the northeast.

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10th Year Forbes Selects SFC for America's Top Colleges List

Every year Forbes offers prospective college students and their parents a way to find the best colleges for their money, and every year St. Francis College is offered as one of the choices. With the release of the 2017 rankings, St. Francis has now been ranked one of America's Top Colleges all 10 years that Forbes has published the list.

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Autism and Sex Offender Laws

St. Francis College Professor Emily Horowitz, with co-editor, law professor Larry Dubin, J.D., are fighting to make the legal system more fair for people on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities through the release of their new book, Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and Sex Offenses (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

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Goals & Objectives

  • Students will learn the scientific method.
  • Students will learn important concepts in population biology, ecology and evolution, molecular and cellular biology and organismal biology.
  • Students will read and interpret a wide variety of biological literature.
  • Students will write research papers and make oral presentations about biology.
  • Students will use the scientific resources of New York City to help them in their learning.
  • Students will be prepared to pursue graduate degrees in the sciences.

Objectives

  • Students will understand and apply the proper usage of biology vocabulary in novel situations.
  • Students will perform biological lab experiments that demonstrate the scientific method.
  • Students will be able to write a cogent lab report that uses the scientific method.
  • Students will make oral presentations that demonstrate the scientific method.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate connections among population biology, ecology and evolution, molecular and cellular biology and organismal biology, and among biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Students will be able to collect and analyze data using statistics.
  • Students will make qualitative and quantitative assessments of their own data as well as that in scientific literature.
  • Students will be able to discuss and explain biological phenomena learned through field trips.
  • Students will be able to create and explain illustrations of biological phenomena.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue