The Division of Biological and Applied Health Sciences serves the Xavier community by creating a diverse environment for learning and teaching all aspects of the life sciences and promoting the well-being of human societies and individuals. Students with majors and minors in this division will gain understanding of the molecular, organismal, population, ecological, functional, and phylogenetic facets of life.
Human society is part of a larger community of microorganisms, plants, animals, and many other forms of life, which are characterized both by their unity and their diversity. As biological organisms, we share a common heritage including such traits as DNA, genes, membranes, cells, and reproduction. Yet each species and each individual also possesses traits unique to itself. The study of these organisms and their functions and characteristics is the subject of biology. Our health and well-being is impacted by our physical environment, by our individual behaviors, and by an array of elements that work together to influence human health. The study of elements that impact our health from policy to individual behaviors and choices is the subject of public health. Speech pathology is the study of human communication - its normal development, its disorders, and strategies for prevention.
These fields of study are investigated by the division’s three departments, the Department of Biology, the Department of Public Health Sciences, and the Department of Speech Pathology. Students majoring in these subjects will be prepared for careers in a variety of fields in biomedical sciences, public health, and the life sciences. Students also may continue their studies by seeking advanced degrees in medical or other professional schools, or in graduate school. Faculty members in the division are involved in research projects in various fields of biology, public health, and speech pathology. They bring their research expertise into the classroom, and also bring students into the field, laboratory, and clinic to participate with them in their investigations. The Division of Biological and Applied Health Sciences is committed to preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society.