ZURN COLLEGE OF NATURAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Inspiring passion and curiosity for the natural world.

The world is waiting, and we’re the ones to get you ready for it. The Zurn College strives to advance our understanding of all things related to human nature. Through increased comprehension of human health and disease, coupled with theoretical and practical training across multiple disciplines, we prepare students to be leaders in investigating the diversity and mysteries of the universe and in the scientific and social dimensions of human health. 

Along with rigorous coursework that motives students to engage with theories, form hypotheses, and devise valid experiments, our curriculum features regular collaboration with professors in a chosen discipline. We also provide professional and pre-professional training in the sciences and health-related fields and equip graduates with problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills for their future careers. 

85% of pre-health 
students accepted to professional school

432 undergraduate students currently in Zurn College

95% of graduates are employed/enroll in grad school within a year

1 in 4 students study abroad (national average is less than 1 in 10)

Fast Facts

  • Research excursions regularly take students around the region and around the globe

  • Our graduates have gone on to master’s and doctoral programs at schools like Ohio State, Northwestern and Cornell

  • Faculty-Student Academic Travel experiences have taken students to investigate volcanoes in Costa Rica, secure safe water in Puerto Rico, view the CERN supercollider in Switzerland, and study marine biology in the Caribbean

  • Mercyhurst’s Hirtzel DNA Sequencing Center features two cutting-edge sequencers that allow for rapid amplification of DNA from any organism, offering research applications in many disciplines

Mission

The Zurn College strives to advance our understanding of the natural world, human health and disease, and rehabilitation through theoretical and practical training that emphasizes active engagement in the chosen discipline. The rigorous academic curricula provide professional and pre-professional training in the sciences and health-related fields and are designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary to develop effective problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills.  Students and faculty work collaboratively to investigate the processes and mechanisms underlying the diversity and mysteries of the universe and the scientific and social dimensions of human health.


Contact Us

Dyan Jones, Ph.D.
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences
Office: Zurn 113
Email: djones3@mercyhurst.edu
Phone: 814-824-2535

Meet the Deans

Dyan Jones, Ph.D.
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences
Janice Haas, M.S.
Associate Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences, Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant, Assistant Professor