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.



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


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.


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.


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


GeologySustainability StudiesChemistry


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.



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


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.


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

Amy Burniston
Instructor of Biology
Christopher Dolanc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Darlene Melchitzky, M.S.
Laboratory Director and Research Associate
David Hyland, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
J. Michael Campbell, Ph.D.
Chair of Biology Department, Professor of Biology
Katie Kilmer, M.S.
Instructor of Biology
Larry Gauriloff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Michael Elnitsky, Ph.D.
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Science
Mike Foulk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Sara Turner Cooper, 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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