Hands-on research in a nature-rich environment

Hands-on research is a hallmark of Susquehanna’s biology program. Most undergraduate biology programs limit you to a semester-long senior research project, but here you can choose to study for a full year alongside a faculty expert. You’ll gain the skills and experiences that give you the confidence to pursue your own projects and research, while also working within teams to push science to new heights.

Susquehanna University is perfectly located for the study of biology — in a valley ecosystem rich with fish, birds, plants and other animals and organisms. Besides the Susquehanna River is in our backyard, we have

And you won’t be limited to the Selinsgrove area. You’ll get a global perspective on a totally new biome on study abroad trips in Australia and the Galapagos Islands. Students intern at zoos, cancer research centers and win Fulbright awards.

Our faculty frequently co-author research papers with students, who nearly all have a chance to present their work at regional and national conferences — such as the Ecological Society of America, National Conferences on Undergraduate Research or Pennsylvania Academy of Science.

Competitive edge for careers

You will be ready to go right into the workforce, pursue graduate study in the sciences or attend a medical professional school.

Our graduates work for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, join governmental organizations like the Department of Environmental Protection, work as doctors or veterinarians, and become teachers.

Because our bold curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, you’ll develop essential skills that are the most sought-after for job and professional school candidates:

  • writing
  • teamwork
  • presentations
  • critical thinking
  • interpersonal relationships
  • leadership

This major is entirely designed to help you define and explore your passion. Our interdisciplinary minors, such as biochemistry, ecology and environmental studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Research and Internship Opportunities

Biology and anthropology double major Sydney Salas ’23 spent a summer in a molecular biology and genetics lab at Cornell University. Funded through the National Science Foundation’s Research Opportunities for Undergraduates program, the internship guided Sydney in her decision to pursue a doctorate, having experienced work in a graduate-level laboratory environment.


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Sydney Salas '23

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