All the world’s a lab for our biology majors
What is at the core of our biology major? You and your interests.
Dive into freshwater research. Discover the connection between spiders and their draglines. Or propose and explore a new project in biology that highlights your curiosity.
While earning a biology degree at Susquehanna, 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.
Here, biology is not a spectator sport.
Biology is activity.
You can't learn about the world, from the tiniest cells to the largest mammals, from just a book.
All of our biology courses have labs that teach you how to form hypotheses and test them on your own. This isn't a place for run-of-the-mill experiments.
A major river is in our backyard. We're minutes away from mountains and farms or awarding-winning hospitals. Our campus is perfectly situated for you to study a wide variety of organisms and ecosystems. Here, biology is all around you.
You can explore the functions and interactions of all life here as you earn your biology degree and prepare for a rewarding career.
We emphasize team-based workshops that encourage collaboration. You have the opportunity to do actual research with biology faculty members and present at national conferences from your first year here. In fact, there aren't many colleges in the nation that send as many students to those conferences as we do.
Grant money is available for students who want to do research over the summer—the perfect time to work even more closely with faculty.
Physician, ecologist, cancer biologist, veterinarian, medical writer. Pick your path and excel here.
Requirements for the Major in Biology. The Bachelor of Science degree in biology requires 60 semester hours in biology, chemistry and physics with grades of C- or better in biology. The Bachelor of Science degree includes an introductory sequence, biology distribution requirements (in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution), and other requirements with an emphasis in research (Group A) or added academic instruction (Group B). In addition, all students must complete an experiential learning requirement.
Minor in Biology. Students minoring in biology complete 20 semester hours, including BIOL-101 Ecology and Evolution, BIOL-102 Cell Biology and Genetics, and BIOL-205 Organismal Biology. Students choose additional biology courses at the 200, 300 or 400 level. Although BIOL-500, BIOL-502, BIOL-550 and BIOL-560 may apply to the minor, other courses at the 500 level may not be taken for minor credit. At least one laboratory course is required in addition to BIOL-101, BIOL-102, and BIOL-205.
Secondary Teaching Certification. Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytic Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship.
Education requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-424 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Teaching Science, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600).
In addition, secondary education biology students complete all of the usual requirements for the biology major. When secondary education students satisfy the "choose 8 additional semester hours from the following courses" portion of the corollary course requirement, they must do so by taking PHYS-204-205 Introductory Physics I-II.
Our students go on to graduate school at:
University of Virginia
University of North Caroline Chapel Hill
University of California Davis
Thomas Jefferson University
Our students go on to health professional programs at:
Thomas Jefferson University Medical College
Drexel University Medical School
West Virginia University Medical School
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Penn State University College of Medicine
University of Buffalo School of Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pacific Northwestern School of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia- Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Temple University School of Dentistry
University of Sciences Physical Therapy Program
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Salus University Optometry Program
Thomas Jefferson Physician Assistants Program
Our students find jobs right out of school at:
Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Hershey Medical Center
Geisinger Medical Center
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Fresh Water Research Initiative
Compass Professional Health Services
Our students pursue other opportunities in: