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Biology faculty and staff at Salem State University seek to:

  • foster an understanding of the human organism as an interactive member of an enormous and diverse biological community
  • prepare students to make responsible and informed decisions at both societal and personal levels regarding biological (environmental medical, and ethical) issues
  • engage and train students in methods of inquiry, experimental design, and means of expression in the biological sciences
  • promote scholarly and creative activity among all members of the biology department
  • assist students in the development of critical thinking skills appropriate to biology
  • assist students in the development of the skills necessary to communicate biological ideas effectively

Students in any biology program (BA or BS) complete a strong, general series of biology and support courses which allows pursuit of a wide variety of careers such as professional work (physician, dentist, veterinarian), governmental work, (EPA, National Fisheries), field work (oceanographer, wildlife specialist), high school teaching, industrial or clinical research, aquaculture, etc. Many biology majors continue into graduate programs in a specialized subfield. It is the goal of the department to provide solid biology degrees which expose students to all areas of biology while allowing each student flexibility when entering the job market.

Biology programs and courses listing in undergraduate catalog

Biology Program Review Fall2016

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Cat cove building

Cat Cove Marine Laboratory

The biology department operates the Cat Cove Marine Laboratory, a research and educational facility that is home to the Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (NEMAC).