Find yourself glued to Animal Planet and Discovery Channel? Always outside exploring the diversity of life on earth? Then the study of living organisms — also known as biology — may be for you! Prepare for careers in aquariums, zoos, laboratories, museums, libraries, software development, industry, scientific writing, and illustration or teaching. Or pursue professional programs in medicine or a variety of graduate study options.
Your major in biology at Albertus Magnus College provides broad preparation, including basic knowledge and experiences built on a solid foundation in the liberal arts that position you to make sound and ethical scientific decisions as an effective and successful leader.
Your individual advisor from AMC’s outstanding science faculty works with you to select the courses that best fit your special abilities and interests. You also gain practical experience by participating in faculty-directed research and career-related internships.
Our rigorous biological science course work covers topics such as cell biology, genetics, immunology, human physiology, microbiology and biochemistry. In addition, AMC’s proximity to Yale University means even more scientific resources are available for your extracurricular laboratory, volunteer and internship opportunities.
Each year, AMC’s campus-wide Research Symposium offers you an excellent venue to collaborate with your colleagues from other disciplines and present the public with results of your scientific investigations.
A major in biology leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is your best choice if you plan to teach biology at the secondary level. A variety of science courses, including biology, are required to teach at the middle school level. More information on teacher education and certification is available through AMC’s Education Programs Department.
Sincerely willing to help you succeed, our biology faculty members know you by name, teach your classes, lead your research and will guide you as much as you want. They support your hard work and share your excitement when you achieve your goals.
The sciences here at Albertus go back to the early days of our history. In 1927 Marcella O’Grady Boveri arrived at this fledgling college to establish a department of science. Her background was amazing for a woman of her time: she was, in 1885, the first woman to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in biology; she studied comparative zoology and embryology at Bryn Mawr; and by 1893 she had become a full professor at Vassar. Three years later, she was admitted to study science at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, the first woman ever granted acceptance to the science program there. At Wurzburg, she studied with Theodor Boveri, director of the Zoological–Zootomical Institute and one of the world’s first cancer researchers. They married in 1897 and worked together on the chromosome theory of cancer until his death in 1915.
Marcella Boveri remained in Germany until 1926 when she returned to the United States for what was supposed to be just a brief visit: however, fortuitously for Albertus, she learned from a friend who was married to a former Yale University dean that the new liberal arts college in New Haven was looking for a woman of distinction to create and run its science department. When her contacts at Yale assured her that the resources of its Osborn Zoological Laboratory and Yale libraries would be available to her, she accepted the offer from Albertus. Marcella Boveri remained at Albertus until she retired in 1943; she died in October 1950.
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