Santa Clara University

Biology department

Mission & Goals

Faculty in the Department of Biology maintain active research programs while teaching undergraduate students about the scientific basis of life through rigorous students-in-creekcoursework and extensive research experience. Our students gain a broad background in the life sciences, with the option to emphasize particular areas of biology. We offer classes that focus on the ethics of modern biology and expect our graduates to recognize issues of value that arise in the curriculum. The major prepares students for careers in a variety of areas including biotechnology, education, the health professions and research. We also offer courses designed for the University Core Curriculum that introduce non-science majors to biology and to basic principles of science. Our location in one of the hubs of biotechnology provides many internship opportunities. Moreover, the wide variety of nearby ecosystems provides diverse field sites for teaching and research. Excellent academic advising, dedicated mentoring, and outstanding teaching demonstrate our commitment to the intellectual and personal development of our students.

Goals and Objectives for Student Learning

Biological Concepts.  Students will be able to:

Scientific communication. Students will be able to:

Social and ethical awareness. Students will be able to:

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