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Biological & Physical Sciences
A science degree from Fontbonne offers students a core curriculum of basic biology, chemistry, and physics that provides a foundation in science. Our degree program is flexible; students choose electives from broad categories to fit their interests. Choose from the links in the box to the left to further explore the program options.
We are proud and happy to offer small classes and labs, which give students a chance to get to know their professors and classmates. Our faculty are available to help when you need it, and we have an active student organization.
What's it like to be a science major?
What can I do with my science degree?
A degree in science from Fontbonne University is versatile! Most of our students major in biology, which allows for a variety of career paths.
A Fontbonne undergraduate degree in biology prepares you to take the next step for application to most professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, optometry or physical therapy, as well as other health professions. Fontbonne offers a wide variety of required coursework for medical school, but because requirements can vary from school to school, your advisor will work with you to determine the specific courses required by the schools of your choice.
If your goal is to teach high school, you can major in biology and
obtain your certification in secondary education. Or, if you choose to
major in another discipline, you can also minor in either biology or
In addition, Fontbonne offers an excellent opportunity to get a dual degree in engineering or occupational therapy through partnership programs in connection with Washington University in St. Louis.
If you go on to work in management or administration, you might plan and administer programs for testing foods and drugs, for example, or direct activities at zoos or botanical gardens. Opportunities may exist for work as consultants to business firms or to government, testing and inspecting foods, drugs, and other products, or writing for technical publications. Our graduates also find careers dealing with living organisms — including the conservation occupations of forester, range manager and soil conservationist — or careers such as animal breeder, horticulturist, soil scientist and agricultural scientist.
Majoring in biology equips you with a strong, balanced foundation in biological science and gives you a solid understanding of chemistry and physics. At the same time, you’ll learn tools and techniques that will help you become an effective scientist, researcher, or educator. Our classes are small, and our faculty are focused on helping you achieve your best. We are proud of our rigorous curriculum designed to produce knowledgable and valuable scientists and educators.
Fontbonne has joined with other colleges and universities to promote hands-on biological research at the Reis Biological Station. The field station comprises 225 acres of oak-hickory forest within the 1.5-million acre Mark Twain National Forest. Through Fontbonne’s cooperative education program, you might also qualify for salaried on-the-job training and, at the same time, earn academic credit for your work.