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Offered as: Bachelor, Certificate

Specializations

  • Biological Science Specialization
  • Environmental Science Specialization
  • Molecular Biotechnology Specialization
  • Pre-Health Professional Specialization

Certificate

  • Forensic Investigation Concentration
  • Secondary Education Certification

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A Bachelor of Science in Biology prepares students for graduate and professional school or a career upon graduation. One of the benefits of a Biology degree is the diversity of choices within the field. Students are encouraged to participate in internships, research, and other outreach opportunities allowing application of concepts learned in the classroom. An advisor guides you in course selection and professional development such as resume and personal statement writing. Your advisor will may encourage attendance at regional meetings in your field of interest, and application to summer opportunities and awards programs. Alums of the program return frequently to talk about career and graduate school successes, discussing how best to prepare for the “real world”!

As a Biology student, you will share in our goals of

  • familiarizing students with the process of science;
  • preparing students for biologically-based careers or for graduate/ professional study through an organism-focused biology curriculum
  • engaging students in the quest for a life-long commitment to learning.
Career Options

In the Biological sciences, the job outlook is expected to grow at a faster outlook than most other careers. This is great news! Whether you’re interested in teaching, research, or industry, there’s a career in Biology for you. Take a look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics page for Biological Scientists.

Professional/Medical School

In addition to teaching high school Biology or working in a lab or field setting, another option is professional or medical school. We encourage pre-health professionals in such areas as medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, chiropractic, occupational therapy and many other health fields. Students typically complete a four year degree at Mount Aloysius College in Biology, and then take the appropriate entrance exam (MCAT, GRE, etc) for their chosen field. An advisor guides you through the application process and make sure you stay on track to reach your goals.

Undergraduate Research

Research enables you to learn hands-on skills, answer scientific questions, and fulfill the scientific method.

  • Do you want to identify diatoms in Abandoned Mine Drainage? We’ve got it!
  • Want to understand fish behavior in Costa Rica? We’ve got it!
  • Want to understand the role of proteins in human placenta? We’ve got it!
  • Research is a rewarding part of your undergraduate degree.


Student Success Profile

Kris Hansen, Biology '09, completed a 10-week paid internship with the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (www.ptei.org) at McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He was one of 21 interns selected from a nationwide pool of 150 applicants.

Working with mentor Dr. Patricia Hedba, Associate Professor at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital, Kris conducted research that focused on the extra cellular matrix to aid the body's repair mechanism following trauma to the trachea. He presented his findings at a formal session at the conclusion of the program.

Kris currently attends the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kris Hansen

Meet the Biology Department!

Merrilee Anderson
Professor of Science and Mathematics/ Chairperson, Science and Mathematics
Juan Diaz, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
J. Michael Engle
Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics
Timothy Koneval
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
Laura Michaels
Visiting Instructor of Science and Mathematics
Sandra Nypaver
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Penny O’Connor
Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics
John Whitlock
Assistant Professor in the Science & Math Department
AnaLu MacVean
Professor of Science and Mathematics/Lab Manager
Crystal Goldyn
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics



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