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 Department of Biology - Welcome 



The Department of Biology is housed in the College of Health, Environment, and Science. The 15 full-time 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.

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. Our courses include both a lecture and hands-on, experiential laboratory component. The goal of our collective efforts is to foster an appreciation for the complexities of living systems and to promote the development of competent biologists and scientifically literate citizens.

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 or allow for concentration in discipline specific interest areas such as zoology, botany, microbiology, physiology, or the paramedical fields of cytotechnology, histotechnology, or medical technology.

A majority of our graduates matriculate into health related degree programs such as allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometrydentistry, public health, genetic counseling, chiropractic, and dietetics or discipline specific masters or doctorate programs, including a masters in secondary education.

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Biology Seminar Series

January 31: William Brogan, University of Pittsburgh - Safe and Submerged: How Aquatic Plants Buffer Freshwater Communities from Contaminants

April 11: Scott Wissinger, Allegheny College - Climate, Range Shifts, and Ecosystem Function: A Case for Caddisflies

April 18: Matt Venesky, Allegheny College - Integrating Organismal Biology and Population Ecology to Study Amphibian Chytridiomycosis

May 2: Kristen Webb - TBA

Seminars are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. in Vincent Science Center Room 116 - light refreshments will be served - the public is welcome 


Attention all prospective spring, summer, or fall 2014 biology graduates: the Major Field Test (MFT) will be administered March 27th at 5:15 p.m. in VSC 102. Students intending to graduate in 2014 must take the test at this time. You must register for the MFT in the department office. This will be your only opportunity to complete the MFT graduation requirement during the 2013-14 academic year or fall 2014.  

Facebook with the Lambda Lambda Chapter of Beta Beta Beta - the biology honorary