The Biology Department provides opportunities for students to pursue research interests in both field and lab:
Housed on the campus of St. John's University, the Biology Department is surrounded by a diversity of natural habitats, which serve as a focus for study in both classes and independent research. The 2400-acre campus features a large oak forest with stands of maples, pine and spruce, a restored oak savanna and tall grass prairie, both natural and restored wetlands and a diversity of large and small lakes. The land is managed by the SJU Arboretum, which oversees the sustainable harvest of timber. The department is associated with St John's Outdoor University, which provides educational outreach for our students and to local schools. Students can volunteer to participate in anything from teaching kindergarten classes about wolves to removing invasive European Buckthorn to helping burn the prairie.
The College of St. Benedict also owns about 300 acres of natural habitats, including prairie and wetland restorations and 100 acres of relatively undisturbed "big woods" deciduous forest on the campus. In addition, the College owns a 140 acre woodland and wetland tract about 3 miles north of campus. In addition to sites available on campus, the colleges are in proximity to a variety of natural areas located in the surrounding communities and countryside. Nearby Quarry Park and Roscoe Prairie are popular destinations for laboratories, research, and comparative studies.
In support of our excellent "outdoor classrooms," the Biology Department maintains collections of plants and animals for research and educational use.
The Biology Department possesses laboratories suitable for the study of cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology, virology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, immunology and histology. There are individual and collaborative research spaces are where student and faculty members work side-by-side. The Peter Engel Science Center includes teaching and research labs for genetics, anatomy and physiology, ecology and plant biology. Instrumentation that is available to faculty and students for teaching and research includes: