Biology

The biology major at Fontbonne equips you with a strong foundation in biological science and a solid understanding of chemistry and physics. You’ll learn tools and techniques that will help you become an effective scientist and have opportunities to put those skills into practice. A biology degree is flexible: You might go on to a job in human or plant disease research, drug discovery, or pursue a medical, dental, veterinary or other graduate biology degree.

Biology Program Highlights

  • Well-rounded curriculum: biology core with classes in cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, genetics, biostatistics, modelling, professional skills and more.
  • Participation in a capstone senior seminar on a research project that culminates with the authorship of a peer-reviewed publication
  • The opportunity to participate in faculty-led research
  • Faculty that care about your growth as a scientist
  • Renovated biology, chemistry and physics laboratories
  • State-of-the-art greenhouse
  • Excellent preparation for admission into a medical, veterinary, pharmacy, dental or graduate program
  • Fontbonne’s Center for One Health: One Health, the idea that human, environmental and animal health are intertwined, is available as a separate minor, but the influence of the One Health way of thinking influences the biology major too. Fontbonne faculty experts in One Health have recently written a One Health textbook in collaboration with colleagues at the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine.

Career Opportunities

  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Veterinarian
  • Research Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Biomedical Industry Specialist
  • Biology Teacher
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Exercise Scientist

In-Field Learning Experiences

  • Internship at the Washington University Genome Institute
  • Six research presentations at the Missouri Academy of Sciences
  • Five presentations at the Research Across Disciplines Conference, hosted by a consortium of local undergraduate institutions
  • Diverse undergraduate research projects related to fish genetics, butterfly development and raccoon landscape genetics and infectious disease

Alumni in the Workforce

  • Many of our alumni have been accepted into graduate programs in human medicine (including nursing), veterinary medicine, allied health or biology programs.
  • Other alumni have found industry jobs in the research, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, including with companies such as Washington University Medical School, Danforth Plant Science Center, Dynalab and Monsanto.
  • Some graduates have become elementary or high school teachers
  • Others have used their background in science as a foundation to pursue other interests, including training in the seminary, writing and more.

Biology Course Samples

  • BIO 112

    General Biology I with Lab

    4 credits

    Selected principles and problems in general biology with emphasis on those principles most applicable to all living organisms: cellular organization, energy exchange, and inheritance.

  • BIO 212

    Genetics

    3 credits

    Study of the fundamental laws of inheritance in biological systems. Prerequisites: Introductory biology course and MTH 115 or MTH 125 (may be taken concurrently).

  • BIO 214

    Molecular Genetics of Development

    3 credits

    A molecular approach to genetic interactions in a variety of organisms during development from gametogenesis to more complex forms.

Student and Graduate Successes

Recent Biology Program Success Stories

  • Internship at the Washington University Genome Institute
  • Six research presentations at the Missouri Academy of Sciences
  • Five presentations at the Research Across Disciplines Conference, hosted by consortium of local undergraduate institutions
  • Summer undergraduate research projects on fish genetics and palate formation, including training at the Washington University Fish Facility, and raccoon landscape genetics and infectious disease

Biology Graduate Successes

Of the known biology alums from the last ten years:

  • Over 40% have been accepted into graduate programs in human medicine, veterinary medicine, allied health or biology programs.
  • 30% have found industry jobs in the research, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, including with companies such as Washington University Medical School, Danforth Plant Science Center, Dynalab and Monsanto.
  • 6% have become elementary or high school teachers
  • Others have used their background in science as a foundation to pursue other interests, including training in the seminary, writing and more.

Biology Career Opportunities

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu