Biology Bachelor of Arts • Bachelor of Science

Biology is the science of life. And, much like itself, biology is complex, fascinating and full of limitless opportunities. At Mercyhurst University, our rigorous, comprehensive curriculum will prepare you to excel academically; that’s why 89 percent of biology majors experience job placement or are accepted into an advanced degree program after graduation.

Your classroom may start in a modern biology laboratory, but you’ll also venture into local habitats — from Lake Erie to Presque Isle State Park and the 10-acre farm with accompanying small vineyard in Northeast Pennsylvania — to gain firsthand experience in the field. One of our more recent additions is the Hirtzel Human Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology Lab located on the Mercyhurst North East campus. This state-of-the-art resource facility features a cadaver lab, a room for processing human remains, a digital x-ray system, a combination anatomy lab and a classroom equipped with stations for cadaver dissection, a “green” energy recovery and air ventilation system, and a high-tech security system.

With a 14-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 20 students, you’re never just a number at Mercyhurst. In fact, many upper level courses average 10 or fewer students. We keep our classes small so you can get individualized attention from professors to ensure your success in class and beyond.

Meet the Faculty

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

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