Mercyhurst University

Biology Bachelor of Arts • Bachelor of Science

Study the science of life.

In the Department of Biology, the emphasis we place on personal attention and close interaction between faculty and student provides our majors with a solid core of learning and preparation within biology as well as mathematics, physics and chemistry. Experiential learning is key, and we encourage every student to pursue hands-on field and laboratory experiences, opportunities to participate in faculty-student collaborative research, travel courses, professional conferences, community service, and professional practicum training.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

DID YOU KNOW...

Within six months of graduating, 89 percent of our grads find placement in graduate school or a career in their chosen field.

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DID YOU KNOW...

Get your hands dirty in the department-owned Jean B. and J. Douglas James Ecological and Wildlife Preserve, a 35-acre forest and wetland habitat.

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Study in our new Orris C. Hirtzel & Beatrice Dewey Hirtzel DNA Sequencing Center, which features two DNA sequencers allowing for the rapid and robust amplification of DNA sequences from any organism.

WHY BIOLOGY?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less what they love about studying biology.
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Hands on experience and positive environment.
Kierra Bleyle '19

SIMILAR MAJORS

Chemistry

BIO 146/147 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Organisms

Are you amazed by the diversity of life on Earth? In this course, you’ll study this as well as the interaction between organisms and their environments, and mechanisms of evolutionary change through labs, fieldwork, and scientific reading and writing.



BIO 310/311 Genetics

Take a closer look at heredity and variation by examining genes through their patterns of inheritance, their composition, the processes by which they are transcribed, translated and modified into functional proteins, and the mechanisms by which they are regulated.



BIO 344/345 Human Physiology

Fascinated with the mechanisms by which the human body functions? Students have the opportunity to examine them by collecting and analyzing data from their own bodies to learn concepts discussed in lectures.



EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

We emphasize experiential learning as part of our curriculum so students can gain experience through job shadowing, internships, volunteering, and entry-level employment.

STUDY ABROAD

Don’t just learn from a classroom—escape to exotic locations and take advantage of opportunities like the biannual tropical marine biology trip to the Caribbean islands.

HANDS-ON LEARNING

Capstone projects require each senior bio major to conduct their own research, with help from a faculty member, to present at the end of their senior year.

Meet the Faculty

Michael Elnitsky, Ph.D.
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Science
Amy Burniston
Assistant Professor of Biology/Education, Chair of Graduate Secondary Education
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Darlene Melchitzky
Darlene Melchitzky, M.S.
Laboratory Director and Research Associate
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David Hyland, Ph.D.
David Hyland, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Katie Kilmer, M.S.
Instructor of Biology
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Larry Gauriloff
Larry Gauriloff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Mike Foulk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Christopher Dolanc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
J. Michael Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
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Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson, M.S., M.T. (ASCP)
Program Director, School of Medical Technology, Saint Vincent Health Center
Sara Turner Cooper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Sarah Bennett, M.S.
Chair of Biology Department, Lecturer of Biology
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Summer Ekelund-Weaver
Summer Ekelund-Weaver, M.A.
Instructor of Biology