Welcome to the Department of Biology
SFA sits within a unique nexus of natural resources, which makes it the ideal university for studying biology. Your education will go far beyond lectures and simulations as you participate in real-world, field-based experiences. In addition, our faculty members will serve as mentors throughout your academic journey.
Do you want to turn your love of biology into a medical profession? Design your own pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry or other pre-health pathway.
Dr. Bea Clack
Dr. Clack's lab group is working on the identification of an eco-friendly biopesticide that will protect crops from Eurygaster integriceps– a type of insect also known as the “sunn pest.”
Dr. Jennifer Gumm
Dr. Gumm’s research projects focus on animal communication and reproductive behaviors. Her lab group is conducting field-based investigations to facilitate the conservation of pupfishes.
Dr. Don Pratt
Dr. Pratt’s research focuses on weedy plant species, and his lab group studies dispersal structures used by the flowering plant family Amaranthaceae.
From SFA to medical school
After graduating from SFA with a 4.0 GPA, biology major Bryndís Grissom is now studying osteopathic medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.
While at SFA, Bryndís conducted research alongside Dr. Kevin Langford. She credits both Dr. Langford and Dr. Sarah Canterberry for challenging her with innovative teaching techniques.
Bryndís Ósk Grissom, Class of 2017
A matter of life and breath
Julia Gaona saves lives as a respiratory therapist on an elite neonatal and pediatric intensive care team that travels by jet to patients more than 100 miles from Texas Children’s Hospital – once going as far as Guatemala. Julia’s journey began when she earned her biology degree at SFA. She then earned her Bachelor of Science in respiratory care at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Julia also assists in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit and works as a respiratory therapist at UTMB-Galveston.
Julia Gaona, Class of 2008
The sweet smell of success
Joel Wilson discovered an interest in the chemical sources of aromas while studying organic chemistry at SFA. He earned his biology degree and was hired by a perfumer. Joel eventually founded his own company, Clarity Fragrances, in Houston. His company provides fragrances for household items like candles, potpourri and shampoo. Occasionally, he has the opportunity to work on fine fragrances for boutique shops, too.
Joel Wilson, Class of 1994
At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom. Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.
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Miller Science Building
P.O. Box 13003, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3033