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Biology Objectives and Program Descriptions


The Objectives of the Biology Program are:

  • To offer a diversity of courses with both breadth and depth through four areas of concentration.
  • To prepare students to meet the prerequisite requirements to enter the various health professions ranging from medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, optometry, both physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, and other allied health professions.
  • To prepare students for entry into graduate programs in the biological sciences through course preparation and research opportunities.
  • To prepare students to gain certification in secondary education in the biological sciences.
  • To afford students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and training needed to enter into various professions in industry and research.

There are two curricular choices for students interested in biology.


This curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue many career paths in the biological sciences. Students may select a path which prepares them for the various health professions. The curriculum also provides a foundation for graduate studies and offers the student the opportunity to gain research experience within selected advanced courses as well as through independent faculty-student research at Marist. All biology students are encouraged to apply to summer research programs at a variety of locations including Marist, the Institute of Ecosystem Studies and other colleges and universities.

Biomedical Sciences

Students who wish to focus their undergraduate studies on preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, or other health professional schools should choose this major (although the Biology major is also an appropriate choice). Students complete a health-related internship and are strongly encouraged to take business and management courses to complement their scientific training.