120 Patterson Hall
The fundamental mission of the department of Biology is to provide students with a comprehensive, contemporary understanding of the biological sciences. The goal of these efforts is to foster an appreciation for the complexities of living systems and to promote the development of competent biologists and scientifically literate citizens equipped for life-long learning.
Simon Beeching, Jerry Chmielewski, Dean DeNicola, Wayne Forbes, Stacy Hrizo, Dave Krayesky, Jack Layne, Susan Rehorek, Mark Shotwell, William Sigmund, Carolyn Steglich, Steven Strain
“Slippery Rock has an amazing Biology program. The professors are very supportive and I thought of them as my family away from home. Work hard and don’t expect an easy ride – the rewards and satisfaction you receive after graduation make it all worth it though.”
Angela Hollis, MD ‘99
Our curriculum introduces the student to basic biological principles at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. The degree programs offered by the Department of Biology provide either breadth of training in the biological sciences, concentrations in botany or zoology, or concentrations in the paramedical fields of Medical Technology or Cytotechnology. Several year plus degree options are also available, thus facilitating smooth transition to degrees in physical therapy at Slippery Rock University, osteopathic medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), pharmacy at the LECOM School of Pharmacy and chiropractic at Logan University of Chiropractic (see Pre-Professional Programs). Specialized opportunities exist for participation in undergraduate research and for off campus study (e.g. international experiences, internships, marine science).
Graduates may select careers in academia, business, health profession, teaching, industry, or government. Whatever their individual specializations, the biology faculty share a commitment to students and have a genuine concern for their professional development.
Students majoring or minoring in biology must maintain at least a 2.000 average in biology. Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must earn a 2.000 in 100-level basic requirement biology courses. Students may register in 200-level biology courses in any order but must maintain a biology average of 2.000 or better, before progressing to another course. A student must repeat any 200-level course that brings the biology average below a 2.000. Students must complete the 200 core sequence before progressing to 300- and 400-level courses in the major. Students should complete all 200-level biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.