College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biology

Incoming and First Year Students


  • Take the Phage Genomics laboratory and go on a Phage Safari in Cells and Genetics Lab!  HHMI SEA-PHAGES at SJU is a two-semester lab course for freshman Biology, Chemical-Biology, and Environmental Science majors.  This lab experience gives students exposure to cutting-edge skills in hands-on and a taste of what it is like to conduct scientific research.  Click  here for more information. The fall semester Phage Genomics laboratory satisfies the First Year Seminar requirement. An application is required; deadline is June 19th.  Space is limited.  Apply early. 


  • Want to get a head start on success in your Biology courses? Set sail on the B.E.A.G.L.E. program, a four-day intensive program for incoming freshman Biology, Chemical Biology, and Environmental Science majors, as well as Undecided Natural Science majors enrolled in Bio101. The Application can be found here. Deadline is July 21st.