DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
Biology is the study of life, from activity at the sub-cellular level to the function of ecosystems. At Susquehanna University, biology students have the opportunity to explore this vibrant, dynamic subject by conducting original research in state-of-the-art campus laboratories and places as far-flung as the Australian rain forest.
With its emphasis on faculty-student collaboration, the biology department provides opportunities and experiences as varied as the biological world itself. After Susquehanna, biology graduates find success in diverse careers ranging from medicine to ecology.
Collaborative Research: Learn in an environment that emphasizes workshop teaching, team-based learning and peer tutoring opportunities. This teaching style employs best practices in science education and encourages a collaborative rather than competitive research environment. More »
Top-notch Facilities: Be part of classes and labs in our state-of-the-art, LEED Silver-certified 81,000-square-foot Natural Sciences Center; conduct field research on-campus at the Center for Environmental Education and Research, and the 400-acre George A. Hepner Ecology Laboratory at Camp Karoondinha 35 minutes from campus. More »
Future Preparation: Students begin hands-on discovery in their first semester. From experimental design to data collection and analysis to opportunities to present at professional conferences, you will have the key research experiences you need to prepare for future graduate and professional school and employment opportunities. More »
- Nearly all of our bio majors conduct yearlong research with faculty and present their research findings at scientific conferences and professional meetings.
- Students can take advantage of numerous opportunities for faculty and peer research collaborations at all levels and time of year, including the Summer Research Partners Program.
- Students have full access to modern science facilities and equipment primarily housed in the LEED Silver-certified, Natural Sciences Center.
- Accessible field research facilities include the on-campus Center for Environmental Education and Research, and the 400-acre George A. Hepner Ecology Laboratory at Camp Karoondinha, located 35 minutes away.
- Learn in an environment that emphasizes workshop teaching, team-based learning and peer tutoring opportunities. This teaching style employs best practices in science education and encourages a collaborative rather than competitive research environment.
- Benefit from small class sizes, which allow you to develop close, mentoring relationships with professors.
- Students begin hands-on research in their first semester. From experimental design to data collection and analysis to opportunities to present at professional conferences, you will have the key research experiences you need to prepare for future and graduate and professional school and employment opportunities.
Kaitryn Ronning '15
An alumni connection led to an amazing summer research opportunity. »
Jacob Brittingham '14
This double major mixes the arts and sciences in studies and future interests. »
Erin Keen-Rhinehart, Ph.D.
Discover why this professor stresses the importance of critical thinking skills. »
Bachelor of Science degree program offered by the Department of Biology.More »
Interdisciplinary program combining the strengths of the biology, chemistry, and psychology departments.More »
Housed in the Department of Chemistry, this program examines how the fundamentals of chemistry control biological functions and how biology is capable of performing complex chemical reactions.More »
Freshwater Research Initiative
A $2.25 million R.K. Mellon Foundation grant will fund investigation into issues impacting the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. More »
New Major in Neuroscience
Learn about this new B.S. degree in a fast-growing field that combines the strengths of the biology, chemistry and psychology departments. More »
Sciences at Susquehanna
Discover the features and benefits of the Natural Sciences Center in this video campus tour stop. More »
Global Opportunities in Science
Broaden your horizons by studying in another part of the world through one of our faculty-led GO programs. More »
Leaving the lab behind, Leslie Irwin ’09 now dedicates herself to documenting and promoting research conducted under the auspices of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). »