Biology students in class

Collaborate for Success

At SRU, we know teamwork helps our graduates succeed.

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Biology students with instructor in the field

Research in the Field

Real world application of classroom education is key.

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Biology student looking at a slide

Train on State of the Art Equipment

Our students are trained on the same equipment professionals use.

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Offered by: Biology

Biology is the study of living organisms, focusing on the structure and development of life and evolutionary processes. In SRU's Biology program, you'll learn about life systems in the classroom, laboratory, and field. You'll develop important analytical and critical thinking skills, and gain vital research and collaboration experience. SRU offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Biology, as well as a minor in Biology.

Why Choose Biology?

If you have a passion for nature, research, and learning about different life systems, the Biology program at SRU is for you. This major offers flexible course selection, enabling you to pursue your individual interests.

SRU also offers several Biology degree-plus options with affiliated schools-facilitating a smooth transition to graduate degrees. These include: 

  • Chiropractic at Logan University and Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Dental Early Admission Program (DEAP)
  • Dentistry at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine (Bradenton, FL campus) and West Virginia School of Dentistry
  • Osteopathic Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • Pharmacy at the LECOM School of Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy at SRU
  • Physician Assistant Studies at Chatham University

What Will You Learn?

You'll receive training in both basic and advanced biological concepts. Through class discussions, laboratory experiments, and fieldwork, you'll learn about different areas of biology such as:

  • Animal and plant physiology
  • Botany
  • Cellular biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Vertebrate and plant anatomy
  • Zoology

Careers In Biology

Graduates of SRU's Biology program go on to a diverse range of careers, such as:

  • Biochemist 
  • Biological Technician 
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Genetic Counselor 
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Health Educator 
  • Medical and Health Services Manager 
  • Pharmaceutical / Medical Product Sales Rep 
  • Physician's Assistant and Nurse Practitioner

Clubs & Organizations

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Student/Alumni Spotlight

Kevin Squires is a biology major at Slippery Rock University. He is actively involved around the campus at SRU. Kevin is involved in organizations such as the Slippery Rock Orchestra and Beta Beta Beta. In addition, he is an orientation ambassador, assistant editor of the Rocket, a pride guide, and he is also one of the founding members of the new Harry Potter club. Kevin is currently doing biology research with one of his professors, Dr. Hrizo. Kevin talks about how his professors inspire him to follow his dreams and pursue his passions.

Kevin Squires