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Biology Major

The biology major can lead to many potential pathways in health-sciences and research. The vast majority of our courses include laboratory components which you can expect to learn hands-on skills required to succeed in the sciences. The combination of breadth of topics and lab experiences provide you with the flexibility to enter any biological field and specialize at higher levels of education or join any laboratory at the technician level.

Study of Life

Jobs for Biology Majors

Do you love science? Are you intrigued by the study of living things?

The vast majority of our courses include laboratory components which will teach you hands-on skills needed to succeed in the sciences.

The combination of topics and lab experience at Stritch will give you the flexibility to enter any biological field and specialize at higher levels of education or join any laboratory at the technician level.

Career Options

Jose Lizarraga Mazaba, ‘21

Biology major and minoring in Chemistry and Art

The professors will challenge you. Our class work is focused to prepare students for admissions exams and hands-on labwork learning opportunties to prepare you for the real world. 

Aaron Camacho, '19

Public Health Liaison, Cudahy (Wis.) Health Department

Stritch's Biology program prepares you for the career field you want to pursue. The program has an individualized component that provides essential baseline knowledge before you begin your practice. The professors will work closely with you to create a plan that helps you achieve your goals. 

Rachel Odolski, '17

Flavorist in Training at Prinova Group

Every professor I had was willing to communicate with me and were as flexible as they could be with my athletic schedule.This allowed me to get the most out of my education and continue playing the sport I loved. In my last semester, I had worked closely with my professors to find a way to take larger credit load in order to graduate in time for a pending job offer. I cannot thank them enough for being flexible, supportive, and encouraging.

Program Overview

The biology major is designed to give you a broad undergraduate foundation in the life sciences. The courses are focused around three major areas: the central dogma of biology, the complexity of the human machine and biochemistry. Knowledge and technical skills from these disciplines will allow you to adapt and specialize in the ever-changing fields that require an understanding of living systems. Most students who take this path are interested in, but not limited to, medicine, graduate studies or teaching.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

From Replication to Translation, the relationship of DNA to cellular behavior is the focus of this concentration. Since the cell is the smallest independent unit of life, any pursuit in the life sciences should include an understanding of these central concepts. Although most of the material covered in this concentration is microscopic, the applications of these concepts are universally applied to all life.

Courses in this Concentration

Concentration Overview

How does the human machine work? Anatomy, physiology, and microbes define our existence from birth to death, the material in this course is useful for any owner of the human body. If you want to learn how to maximize your quality of life, then the Human Biology concentration could prove invaluable.

Concentration Overview

The Biochemistry concentration is centered on Organic Chemistry. It begins with an overview of metabolism in General Biology II and culminates with a deep dive into biological chemical pathways in the Biochemistry course. If you are interested in pharmacy or pharmacology, key concepts at the junction of biology and chemistry are covered here.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Career Opportunities

The majority of graduates with a Biology degree pursue careers in one of three paths: Medicine, Research or Education. Within the medical field are a myriad of possibilities from Abdominal Surgeon to X-ray technician. The number of possibilities is daunting.

Many of our recent graduates have chosen traditional routes like Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist, Dentist or M.D., however there has been an increase in interest in areas such as Public Health and Medical Illustration. The need for scientifically trained educators is ever present. Recent research minded graduates have found positions at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Ohio State University and San Francisco State University.
 

Program Outcomes

Outcomes for the Biology major are centered on three main aspects of science:
  • Content Knowledge
  • Technical Proficiency
  • Ability to communicate ideas using appropriate formats and technical language

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACIES/SKILLS:  12 credits
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Internship Sites

As a Biology major, you are given opportunities to apply your knowledge through internships.

Organizations including but not limited to...

  • Norwood Animal Clinic
  • Mequon Nature Preserve
  • Milwaukee Global Water Center
  • Elmhurst Dental
  • Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Schlitz Audobon Center
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering SMART Program
  • New Age Chemical
  • Global Water Center
  • Open Arms Free Clinic
  • VA Medical Center
  • The Pavilion of Glacer Valley
  • Aurora Medical Center
  • Walgreen’s

Limitless Curriculum

The Biology major is composed of three concentrations: Cellular Genetics, Human Biology,  Biochemistry.
These concentrations cover many subdisciplines from Anatomy and Physiology to Immunology.

Learn About Limitless


Consider our Cellular Genetics concentration.

Concentration Overview

From Replication to Translation, the relationship of DNA to cellular behavior is the focus of this concentration. Since the cell is the smallest independent unit of life, any pursuit in the life sciences should include an understanding of these central concepts. Although most of the material covered in this concentration is microscopic, the applications of these concepts are universally applied to all life.

Courses in this Concentration

Consider our Human Biology concentration

Concentration Overview

Anatomy, physiology, and microbes define our existence from birth to death, the material in this course is useful for any owner of the human body. If you want to learn how to maximize your quality of life, then the Human Biology concentration could prove invaluable.

Courses in this Concentration

Consider our Biochemistry concentration

Concentration Overview

The Biochemistry concentration is centered on Organic Chemistry. It begins with an overview of metabolism in General Biology II and culminates with a deep dive into biological chemical pathways in the Biochemistry course. Key concepts at the junction of biology and chemistry are covered here.

Courses in this Concentration

On Campus Involvement

The Pre-Med/Pre-Professional Club is for students interested in pre-medical and pre-professional sciences. Our club is involved in the community. We plan science related activities and events and assist one another in admissions for graduate or medical school, as well as discuss fall back options.

This club is organized in hopes of gaining more perspective and insight into healthcare and science fields and building supportive relationships between students who share a common interest in healthcare and science.

Students are provided a collaborative environment where they can interact with other students of all stages of the program, get advice on applying to medical school, study sessions and tutoring for tests and MCAT exam.

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.

Admissions

Daniel P. Meer

Chair - Natural Sciences|Faculty - Biology

Science and MathScience and Math

dpmeer@stritch.edu

(414) 410-4137