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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

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Why study Biology at Mount Aloysius?

With a biology degree from MAC, your career choices are endless. Students are encouraged to participate in internships, research, and other outreach opportunities to encourage application of concepts learned in the classroom. From teaching high school students about ecosystems, studying stem cell research, to taking your talents abroad, and helping those less fortunate, Mount Aloysius graduates have done it all.

What do biologists do?

Biologists study all living things, from the smallest bacterium to humans and larger animals.  Biologists typically choose a topic in which to specialize.  Students in the program are encouraged to apply their knowledge and interests to make a positive contribution in the local community or the body of scientific knowledge as a whole through community-based learning projects and undergraduate research projects.

Possible Careers

As a biology graduate, your potential career choices are endless and include:

  • Research
  • Healthcare
  • Environmental conservation
  • Education
  • Forensic science

Are their job openings? How much will I make?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the following employment growth from 2014-2024:

  • Physicians/Surgeon employment rate will grow by 14% with a median pay of $208,000.
  • Zoologists/Wildlife Biologists employment rate will grow by 4% with a median pay of $60,520.
  • Environmental Scientists employment rate will grow by 11% with a median pay of $68,910.
  • Biological Technicians employment rate will grow by 10% with a median pay of $42,520.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Success Stories

Kris Hansen, ‘09, currently furthering his education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Patrick McKee, ‘11, is a Sustainability Manager and works as adjunct faculty at Eastern Kentucky University.

Who will teach me?

The department is comprised of full-time faculty who hold both doctoral or terminal degrees in their disciplines. Bringing their varied backgrounds into the classroom, students are provided with extensive knowledge of biology.

Dig Deeper

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.

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.

Mount Aloysius College has three articulation agreements with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for Dental Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy.  Students may also have the opportunity to apply for the LECOM Early Acceptance Program, where they can apply to LECOM once they have been accepted into MAC and, if successful, gain a conditional early acceptance letter for their graduate studies.

Learn more about the cooperative programs by visiting the pages below.

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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