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Biology
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20 - 25
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Biology

Biology is life. Within this scientific realm lies the basis for the structure and function of all living things. Studying biology at St. John Fisher College leads to a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The scope of biology as a program of study may be big, but the size of biology classes and labs at Fisher is not. Here you will not get lost among a sea of students in a huge lecture hall. The student-to-teacher ratio at Fisher means more opportunities for you to:

  • Use high-grade equipment and facilities
  • Participate in hands-on research, often in conjunction with faculty
  • Be seen and heard, and your contributions valued

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Biology is recommended for students who want a concentrated biological sciences program—preparing you for careers in which an in-depth knowledge of the biological sciences is expected—while the Bachelor of Arts in Biology allows more time to study other areas of the liberal arts, as well as an opportunity to pursue a double major.

Over the course of this program, you will take 40-credits worth of core biology courses, regardless of whether you choose the B.S. or B.A. track. Both tracks also require you to take 15 Core courses in the liberal arts.

Those pursuing the B.S. also will complete 15-20 credits of biology electives, eight credits in physics, and six to eight in mathematics.

Additional requirements for the B.A. include nine to 12 credits worth of biology electives, three to four credits in math, and, per the College Core requirements, two foreign language courses in sequence in the same language.

Life After Fisher

The biology program at Fisher prepares you for a variety of career and post-graduate options. In addition to graduate study, alumni of the program have gone on to distinguished careers in, among others:

  • Medical professions
  • Secondary and college teaching
  • Research
  • Conservation
  • Public health
  • Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building
    Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building

    The Integrated Science and Health Sciences (ISHS) Building provides greater avenues for the cross-disciplinary scientific learning and research initiatives at Fisher.

    More on ISHS

As a Fisher Science Scholar, you are matched with a research mentor who guides you as you undertake research at the undergraduate level, helping you understand the formation of how a primary study works. It’s a hands-on experience that makes you be a scientist–not just a student. ”


Alex Freedenberg
  • Alex Freedenberg ’18
  • Science Scholar and Summer Research Fellow, biology major, Spanish for health professions and chemistry minor

Studying the natural sciences at Fisher initiates a broad understanding of the processes and techniques used for tackling the challenging problems of a modern, complex society. ”


Daryl Hurd
  • Dr. Daryl Hurd
  • Associate Professor and Chair, Biology Department