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Degree Details

Offered as: Bachelor, Certificate


  • Environmental Science Specialization
  • Molecular Biotechnology Specialization
  • Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Specialization
  • Pre-Health Professional Specialization
  • Secondary Education Specialization


  • Forensic Investigation Concentration

Program Description Program Courses

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 to encourage application of concepts learned in the classroom. An academic advisor guides students in course selection and professional development, such as resume and personal statement writing. Academic advisors also encourage students to attend regional meetings in their field of interest and to apply for summer opportunities and awards programs. Alums of the program return frequently to talk about career and graduate school successes, and discuss 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 by 7% from 2014 to 2024. In 2014 the median annual wage for Biological science occupations was $61,450. Whether you are interested in teaching, research, or industry, there is a career in Biology for you.

Professional/Medical School

As an alternative to teaching high school Biology or working in a lab or field setting, students may further their education by attending professional or medical school. We prepare students to become pre-health professionals, physician assistants, physical therapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists and many other professional occupations. 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 assists students in the application process and makes sure they stay on track to reach their 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 measure the bone size of dinosaur fossils? 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 ( 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.

Meet Our Department!

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Merrilee Anderson
Professor of Science and Mathematics/
Associate Academic Dean and Chairperson for Health Studies
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Juan Diaz, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
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J. Michael Engle
Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics
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Laura Michaels
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
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Sandra Nypaver
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
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Penny O’Connor
Associate Professor and Chair of Science and Mathematics
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John Whitlock
Assistant Professor of Science & Mathematics
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AnaLu MacVean
Instructor of Science and Mathematics/Lab Manager
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Crystal Goldyn
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
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Aimee Itle
Instructor of Science & Mathematics

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