Biology Department


What makes life work? Biologists pursue answers to the fundamental questions of the living world. 

At Saint Mary’s, we’re devoted to training the next generation of life scientists. In our diverse, tight-knit community, you’ll gain a foundational understanding of modern biology, while also exploring the historical and ethical issues integral to the field.  

You’ll have numerous opportunities to make discoveries alongside our world-renowned faculty. Our students have helped research everything from invasive species to the roots of infertility. With Saint Mary’s small class sizes and discussion-driven courses, you’ll receive plenty of personalized attention as you pursue your unique interests and aspirations.

Biology Professor, Greg Smith Recognized with International Award

Prof. Greg Smith and students

The AACA is the latest professional and academic accolade Smith has received.

His teaching in clinical anatomy and his devotion to Gael students has opened futures for anatomists, health care providers, and health educators. Now that work has brought gratitude and accolades from his peers.

The American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) showed its appreciation for decades of exemplary service by presenting the R. Benton Adkins, Jr. Distinguished Service Award to Saint Mary’s Professor Gregory R. Smith, MS. Initiated in 2003, the award was created to honor the memory of Adkins, a founding member of the AACA who worked to promote the Association and its aims. The award was officially presented to Smith at the 40th annual meeting of the AACA on July 12 in Orlando.

Interested in being A K-12 STEM teacher? 

Saint Mary's undergraduate students are eligible to apply for Noyce Scholarships. 

Learn more and apply today.


Get Involved

Discover the Science Living Learning Community, our on-campus housing exclusively for first-year STEM majors, and visit the Marie Curie STEM Center, our drop-in tutoring center that supports students in STEM courses—no appointments necessary! Or learn about Brousseau Hall, our industry-standard science facility housing the Biology, Chemistry and EES Departments.

Ameer Thompson tutoring students in the STEM Center