Life Sciences for Business

Program Features

Life Sciences for Business, housed within Xavier's Biology Department, is a dual-degree program in which students earn a Bachelor of Science in the first four years and enter Xavier's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the fifth year.

Students explore science and business within the Jesuit tradition, gaining the skills needed for leadership in the biotech industry. Alumni have gone onto work at top companies like Procter & Gamble, the Food and Drug Administration, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Eli Lilly and Company.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Life Sciences for Business major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • BIOLOGY 160 - General Biology I............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 161 - General Biology I Lab............ 1cr.
  • CHEMISTRY 160 - General Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • CHEMISTRY 161 - General Chemistry I Lab............ 1cr.
  • ECONOMICS 200 - Microeconomics............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100 - First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • BIOLOGY 162 - General Biology II............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 163 - General Biology II Lab............ 1cr.
  • CHEMISTRY 162 - General Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • CHEMISTRY 163 - General Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • ENGLISH 101 - English Composition............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111 - Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • BIAS 120 - Intro to Business Tech............ 1cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • CHEMISTRY 240 - Organic Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • CHEMISTRY 241 - Organic Chemistry I Lab............ 1cr.
  • MATH 140/150, or MATH 156, or STATISTICS 210............ 3cr.
  • BIAS 220 - Management of Information Technology............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language I............ 3cr.

Spring

  • CHEMISTRY 242 - Organic Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • CHEMISTRY 243 - Organic Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • MATH 140/150, or MATH 156, or STATISTICS 210............ 3cr.
  • MARKETING 300 - Principles of Marketing............ 3cr.
  • Biology Elective............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language II............ 3cr.

Fall

  • PHYSICS 160 - College Physics I............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 161 - College Physics Lab............ 3cr.
  • STAT 211 - Business Statistics II............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100 - Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • Biology Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • PHYSICS 162 College Physics II............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 163 College Physics II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • MANAGEMENT 300 - Managerial Behavior............ 3cr.
  • Biology Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ENGLISH 205 - Literature and the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • ACCOUNTING 200 - Intro Financial Account............ 3cr.
  • BUSINESS LAW 550 - Business Law and Ethics............ 3cr.

Spring

  • FINANCE 300 - Business Finance............ 3cr.
  • MANAGEMENT 550 - Strategy............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Biology Elective............ 5cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the LIFE SCIENCES FOR BUSINESS major at Xavier:

General Biology I (BIOL 160) - Principles of molecular, cellular, and organismal biology, emphasizing the physiology of vertebrates.

Genetics (BIOL 230) - Principles of heredity and molecular genetics.

General Chemistry I (CHEM 160) - This course is the first in a two semester sequence of general chemistry. This is a pre-professional course approved by the American Chemical Society for chemistry majors and required of many other science majors. Fundamental principles of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, states of matter, stoichiometry, energy relationships, periodic table and solution chemistry. The following mathematical concepts are used: scientific notation, logarithms, the quadratic equation and proportionality.

Principles of Marketing (MKTG 300) - This course explores the principles of marketing products, services and ideas. It includes examining issues in global markets, consumer behavior, and product development among others.

Clubs

Biology Club

Student events include hiking trips, Break Out Games, scavenger hunts and trips to the Cincinnati Zoo and Newport Aquarium.

Business Leaders for Tomorrow

Members of this student organization explore business processes firsthand by networking with and learning from various business leaders in Cincinnati and beyond. Events from past years have included trips to Silicon Valley and Chicago, job shadowing days and guest lecturers.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

97% of students from Xavier's STEM majors, including Life Sciences for Business, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Software Engineer, Actuarial Analyst, Associate Consultant, Chemist, Developer, Electrical Engineer, Research Engineer

Top Companies: Good Samaritan Hospital, The Christ Hospital, AT&T, 84.51, TBM Consulting, ScribeAmerica, GE Aviation

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Study Abroad

Students study abroad in Costa Rica, where they learn about tropical biodiversity, ecology and conservation. Courses are conducted near the Corcovado National Park, one of the largest virgin Pacific rainforests in Central America.


Trip Details

Faculty Connections

Every Xavier biology student meets at least twice a year with their faculty advisor. Advisors help students plan for future careers by connecting them to job opportunities, job shadowing experiences and internships.


Biology Faculty

Research Opportunities

With the help of faculty, students complete high-level research projects in labs that begin freshman year. Topics include paleobiology, ecology, bird behavior, manatee behavior, entomology and genetics.


Research Opportunities

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Life Sciences for Business Major at Xavier University

The Life Sciences for Business program opens up multiple employment options for graduates including in fields like molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, environmental protection and more. Small class sizes and individual research experiences with faculty help students get the attention and experience needed to succeed within the biotech industry.

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