Biology Major

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree BS, Biology

Department Chair Anthony Serino, PhD

Faculty

Angela Asirvatham, Associate Professor of Biology, DVM Madras Veterinary College; MS University of Wyoming; PhD Kent State University

Frank DiPino, Professor of Biology, BA State University of New York; PhD Marquette University

Carl J. Konecke, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology, BS King's College; MS University of Nebraska

Stanley S. Knapich, Professor Emeritus of Biology, BS Wilkes University; MEd, DEd The Pennsylvania State University

Barbara J. McCraith, Associate Professor of Biology, BS LeMoyne College; MS Winthrop College; PhD University of South Carolina

Evelyn Neunteufel, Assistant Professor of Biology, BS St. Johns University, MS Rutgers University, PhD The City University of New York

Anthony Serino, Associate Professor of Biology, BS MS University of Scranton; PhD The Pennsylvania State University

Cosima B. Wiese, Associate Professor of Biology, BA Bucknell University; MSc, PhD The Pennsylvania State University

The biology program is designed to provide a sound background in the various major areas of the biological sciences. Given the rate and nature of the current advances, such a background requires a supporting foundation in the physical sciences, mathematics and the other liberal arts in order to adequately prepare an individual to pursue a career in the field of biology. A variety of opportunities exist for post-graduate employment in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, biotechnology, food, and chemical industries as well as in government agencies and universities.

With this foundation and the selection of appropriate elective courses, a biology major is prepared for post-graduate studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, or for graduate study in various specialties in the biological sciences such as molecular biology, neurobiology, genetics, physiology, developmental biology, botany, microbiology, and ecology. A biology major is assigned an advisor who helps plan a program of courses consistent with the student's interest and career objectives. Majors in Biology must maintain at least a "B" cumulative average and a GPA of at least 3.0 to be recommended to graduate or professional schools.

Admissions Requirements:

Prospective undergraduate applicants must meet both Misericordia University's and the biology department's admission criteria. Students must have the following criteria to be considered for acceptance into the biology program:

1. completion of at least one year (each) of high school Biology, Chemistry and pre-Calculus

2. minimum combined SAT score of 900

3. minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

The mission of the biology program at Misericordia University is to provide students with a broad-based quality education in the biological sciences that will increase their opportunities for research and graduate studies. The curriculum emphasizes the central principles of biology while also allowing students to specialize by selecting upper level courses from three distinct tracks to prepare them for diverse career paths in the biological sciences. Experiential learning is built into the biology curriculum through investigative laboratory activities in courses and research opportunities with faculty. By doing hands-on work through courses and research opportunities, students will learn to develop, carry out and analyze experiments using the scientific method while learning specific research techniques, such as those used for tissue culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, histology, physiology and biology field work. This curricular approach, in conjunction with the supporting courses required by the curriculum, provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a diverse array of career paths. A variety of opportunities exist for postgraduate employment in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, biotechnology, food, and chemical industries, as well as in government agencies and universities. In addition, biology majors are prepared for post-graduate studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, or for graduate study in various specialties in the biological sciences such as cell and molecular biology, genetics, organismal biology, and ecology.

The following are suggested curricula for a variety of biology specialities including a BS in Biology, BS Biology (Pre-professional Specialization), BA Biology/Sec. Ed., or a BA Biology (Pre-DPT). Minors are also available. The biology elective tracks are: I. cell and molecular biology; II. organismal biology; and III. ecology and evolution.