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Academic Programs


The primary goals of the Bachelor of Science in Biology program at Villanova University are to promote the development of the student's:

  1. understanding of biological patterns and processes from the subcellular to the ecosystem levels,
  2. facility to communicate ideas in the language of science through intensive writing and oral presentation, and
  3. ability to apply the scientific method through experimentation and deductive reasoning.

In addition to traditional classroom lectures and discussion, the program in biology provides intellectual experiences in a diversity of formats such as: laboratory and field study, seminar, and research. Each experience provides the student the opportunity to develop skills in analysis, synthesis, and quantitative reasoning that have broad application in hypothesis testing, critical thinking, and interpretation.

The Department of Biology values a multicultural student body taught by a diverse faculty committed to teaching, scholarship, and service that promotes the exchange of different ideas and perspectives and provides mentorship roles in the University community. A faculty advisor guides the student toward achieving his or her goals throughout the four years at Villanova and beyond. The program promotes the skills and spirit of inquiry necessary for life-long learning. The field of biology provides many career choices. Through required curricular elements in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, and advanced biology electives, Villanova's program provides a foundation for graduate study in the biological sciences, health professions, law, education, or business, or a basis for employment in the fields of applied biology, biological research, environmental and health sciences, or teaching.




The Department of Biology at Villanova University provides research training and advanced coursework in a broad range of the biological sciences. The graduate programs seek to build a diverse, intellectual community that enhances the scholarship of all members. The interactions at all levels between students, faculty, and staff enhance all aspects of inquiry in the Department, and we strongly promote the exchange of different ideas and perspectives as an essential part of scholarship.

The intellectual community requires of all its members a dedication to excellence in creative and critical thinking, in the analysis and interpretation of existing knowledge, in the execution of descriptive, experimental, and theoretical research, in teaching and in communication. Scholarship in the community is directed at improving our understanding of biological systems and processes in all their diversity, and communicating this understanding in the broadest possible ways. Thus, the programs provide intellectual experiences in a diversity of formats: laboratory and field study, seminar and independent study, and teaching. Each provides the student with advanced training to develop technical and problem solving skills that have broad application.