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Biology Degree Programs


Biology major Elena Andrie runs a real-time PCR array to examine gene expression in respiratory cells that have been challenged with pollutant gases. Students can get involved with a variety of research opportunities by contacting the coordinator for Academic Enrichment and Outreach Programs.

Biology at Chaminade

Biology is the study of living organisms and is an increasingly dynamic and wide-ranging discipline. The goal of biology studies can be to understand the mysteries of nature or to make discoveries that lead to improvement of the human condition. Our program prepares graduates to serve society by preparing students to be well-trained, innovative and rigorous scientists, educators or health practitioners.

Within the Biology degree program, two areas of focus are offered:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology Track
  • Integrative and Organismal Biology Track

This degree program is sound preparation for medical school. For more information, see FAQ: Preparation for Medical, Dental, Pharmacy and Veterinary Careers.

This degree program is also preparation for many varied careers in the biosciences, including research and careers in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For more information, see About the Biosciences.

The biology program is composed of sophisticated intellectual content as well as practical experiences in the laboratory. Experiences in the program include:

  • Exposure to contemporary ideas in biology
  • Rigorous laboratory courses involving advanced instrumentation and techniques
  • A capstone research experience
  • Encouragement to participate in research internship opportunities throughout your degree progression

Additional degree information

Wonder what you'll be doing each semester in the program? See:

Working closely with faculty

At Chaminade, the student-to-instructor ratio is very low, so you have access to individualized attention from faculty when it is important to you. Unlike many universities, your professor will also likely be your lab instructor. Through participation in varied research experiences, you will have the benefit of working closely with knowledgeable, approachable mentors.

Our undergraduate students experience an education that reflects the research interests and expertise of the faculty, in the areas of:

  • natural products
  • synthetic and computational chemistry
  • cell and molecular biology
  • signal transduction
  • genetics and genomics
  • integrative biology