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Majors and Courses

Four Majors

The Department of Biological Sciences administers four majors:

For students enrolled in these majors, the curriculum is designed to:

  1. Explore the fundamental characteristics of life from the molecular to the community/ ecosystem level
  2. Evaluate critically this information through rigorous application of the scientific method, and
  3. Incorporate this body of information in the framework of modern evolutionary theory. Laboratory and field work are important components of all four majors.


The Biology Department offers a diverse array of courses that provide a broad overview of the major sub-disciplines within the Biological Sciences. Saint Anselm College offers all the courses required for entrance into schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, veterinary medicine and most graduate school programs.

For the liberal-arts major with a general interest in the study of living things, the introductory non-majors course, "General Biology", explores the scientific way of thinking, the basic methods of science, the diversity of living things, and the relationship of the biological sciences to many of the current problems facing a modern society. In addition, "The Biosphere at Risk", an introductory environmental science course, explores environmental issues of global significance, providing a scientific basis for both understanding the causes of and developing solutions for environmental problems.