The fundamental mission of the Department of Biology is to provide students with a comprehensive, contemporary understanding of the biological sciences by offering experiences that are stimulating and challenging. The goal of these efforts is to foster an appreciation for the complexities of living systems and to promote the development of competent biologists and scientifically literate citizens.
The Department of Biology is housed in the College of Health, Environment, and Science with 14 full-time faculty and nearly 300 undergraduate majors. The faculty are a diverse group with research interests in molecular, cellular, organismal, and population biology. Whatever their individual specialization, each of the faculty share a commitment to their students. As such, Biology majors at Slippery Rock University have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, whether in the classroom, laboratory, or field.
Our curricula introduce the student to basic biological principles at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. Regardless of your interests and long-term goals, the degree programs offered by the Department of Biology will prepare you well. The programs provide either breadth of training in the biological sciences, concentrations in botany or zoology, or concentrations in the paramedical fields of Medical Technology and Cytotechnology. Students may take a sequence of courses that will prepare them for graduate work, industry, teaching, professional schools, or further study at schools of allied health.