Majoring in biology at Franciscan will enhance your understanding of living organisms and conditions necessary for life.
Our pre-professional programs prepare students for post-graduate studies in dentistry, optometry, general medicine, pharmacy, athletic training, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other allied health programs.
The biological study of living organisms is an important aspect of a liberal education. Developing an appreciation and comprehension of living organisms is essential if one is to fully understand the human person in relationship to both the Creator and His Creation. In the Department of Biology, course offerings are intended to provide students with an understanding of the follow- ing: the fundamental organization and function of living organisms, the diversity of life forms, the interdependence and interrelationships between organisms and their environment, and the biological aspects of the human person. This information, when integrated by the student with knowledge gained from other disciplines, provides a deeper appreciation of God and His works.
While there are common courses that are required of all biology majors, programs of study are individually tailored to the needs of the student in order to prepare the student for his or her particular career choice. Biology Majors may choose to pursue a course of study leading to graduate study in various fields of biological research, graduate study in professional pro- grams such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, podiatry, veterinary medicine, optometry, and other allied heath fields. Students may also tailor their studies for post-graduate employment in life science education, research laboratories, or allied health laboratories.
This Core Curriculum "reflects our ongoing
commitment to academic excellence and the integration of faith and
reason. Based on the Western intellectual tradition, our Franciscan
educational heritage, and the Catholic mission of Franciscan University,
the new core purposefully exposes our students to more of the
fundamental knowledge and critical authors they need to become
well-educated Catholics" —Father Terence Henry, TOR, chancellor of
Franciscan University of Steubenville