Department of Biology Rated Among Nation’s Top 50

Biology lab
Tammy Tobin

September 25, 2020

Susquehanna University’s biology major has been named among the Top 50 in the United States by Learn.org.

Susquehanna was specifically highlighted for its facilities and state-of-the art science equipment available to its students, as well as the university’s ideal location along the Susquehanna River.

Susquehanna’s Freshwater Research Institute is located within Center for Environmental Education and Research. At the FRI, students, research staff and faculty work to monitor, restore and protect the ecological health of Pennsylvania's waters.

The CEER is an 87-acre tract of land adjacent to campus that serves as a convenient field station. In addition to the FRI, the center is home to walking and biking trails, the campus garden, beehives, a solar array, a research greenhouse and research plots.

Faculty are noted for co-authoring research papers with students, who nearly all have a chance to present their work at regional and national conferences. Students are aided in their research by state-of-the-art equipment, including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, confocal microscope, scanning electron microscope, tissue culture lab and laser systems.

“We are honored that Learn.org has recognized the exemplary ways in which we prepare our graduates for the workforce or graduate school,” said Tammy Tobin, professor and chair of the Department of Biology at Susquehanna. “Hands-on research is a hallmark of our program and helps students identify their passion. Our graduates go on to varied careers in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, government, medicine, education and more.”

Learn.org has been helping students research potential schools, degrees and careers since 2003. 

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