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Biology Pre-Med

Pre-Medical Professional preparation in Biology

The Biology Department at Misericordia University has been preparing students to enter medical school, veterinary school, optometry school, physician’s assistance programs, and dental school for decades. Many Misericordia alumni are now practicing osteopathic and allopathic medical professional in various specializations. Alumni from Biology are also successful veterinarians, optometrists, dentists and physician assistants.  More than 70% of students who graduate from the biology program at Misericordia University pursue graduate careers including professional schools.

Dr. Anthony Serino

Research Opportunities

The Biology Department also provides students with research opportunities in the biological sciences at a level not readily available to undergraduates at many other institutions. The addition of the new Henry Science Center has allowed MU to further its commitment to biological research. The original science building has been completely renovated. This wing of the science facility has been redesigned and had laboratories dedicated to faculty – student research. Well-equipped research labs have been constructed in the wing for faculty and students engage in research aimed at producing new knowledge in biology. Faculty research includes projects to study important unanswered questions in physiology, cell biology biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. The research experience culminates in a presentation of the research findings in a seminar presentation, a research poster or possibly a publication in a scientific journal.

The new Henry Science Center
Students examining bones
New computer lab in the Henry Science center
student performing a chemistry lab
inside of new Henry Science Center
Equipment for science labs

A New Era-The Henry Science Center

As we enter a new era in medicine so does Misericordia University with the opening of the state of the art Henry Science Center on its campus. Modern medical approaches are now accomplished at the genomic, cellular, physiological and human body levels. The biology department’s pre-medicine preparation is designed to keep pace with these exciting advances in medicine by preparing students at all levels from the molecular level to the human anatomical level. The Henry Science Center is uniquely equipped to prepare this next generation of medical students. The center has new cell and molecular labs for teaching and learning modern methods in molecular and cell biology as well as a new and impressive human cadaver lab for human gross anatomy. Students have opportunities to study advanced topics covered in medical school courses including microbiology, endocrinology, immunology, molecular cell biology and molecular genetics.

Medicine and the Mission of MU

The pre-medicine preparation at Misericordia University assures that students receive the requisite coursework to meet all of the requirements for entry into medicals school and goes further to prepare students to be highly successful in medical school and enjoy a lifelong career in medicine. Biology alumni of MU are prepared far beyond the basic requirements of medical schools. Across campus, MU students are steeped with the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. The Sister’s mission of mercy, justice, service, and hospitality is instilled in all our students. The Misericordia mission articulates perfectly with a lifelong dedication to the service of others in medicine and makes a MU graduate’s career in medicine extremely valuable to society.

Library books stacked on desk

The Liberal Arts Advantage

Pre-medicine preparation as a Biology major at MU offers a broad-based foundation of course work while promoting an experiential learning approach combined with a liberal arts education. Medical schools strongly value the well-balanced student who is equally learned in science and the humanities. Like all Misericordia students, they take a broad array of valuable course in the humanities. 

Medical professionals are in a life of service.  As an undergraduate student, service is an important part of a student’s preparation for medical school.  At MU students have valuable and rewarding opportunities to do a broad range of important service experiences including tutoring, service club activities, national service trips and international service missions.





The Anderson Award

The Anderson Award is given annually by the biology department to the most outstanding graduating student in pre-medicine.

Recipients of that award are:

Recent graduates have gone to professional schools at:

  • Geisinger School of Medicine
  • Penn State Hershey PA program
  • VCOM (Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • PCOM (Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic)
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Syracuse University
  • Clemson University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Louisville
  • Stony Brook University
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Princeton University
  • Commonwealth Medical College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson
  • The Ohio State University, Veterinarian School.
Dr. Frank DiPino