Welcome to the Department of Biology
You’ll get 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.
Early, Hands-on Research Experience in Nature-rich Environment
We have a state-of-the-art science center perfectly equipped for workshop-style classes, an 87-acre field station right on campus, a dedicated laboratory for freshwater research… and did we mention the Susquehanna River is in our backyard?
The university is perfectly located for the study of biology—in a valley ecosystem rich with fish, birds, plants, and other animals and organisms.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll 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.
The most sought-after job and professional school candidates excel at writing, teamwork, presentations, critical thinking, interpersonal relationships and leadership. Because our bold curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, you’ll develop all of these essential skills.
Everything in the major is designed to help you define and explore your passion. Our interdisciplinary minors, like biochemistry, ecology and environmental studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.