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    Slippery Rock University
  Jan 21, 2018
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


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Office: 300 Vincent Science Center 
Phone: 724-738-2023


Wayne M. Forbes

Melissa Barber

Simon Beeching, Jerry Chmielewski, Nicole Dafoe, Dean DeNicola, Paul Falso, Wayne Forbes, Stacy Hrizo, Dave Krayesky, Jack Layne, Teresa Preston, Susan Rehorek, Mark Shotwell, William Sigmund, Steven Strain, Martin Buckley, Diane Frndak, Justin Siebert, Scott Massey, Jamie Hammond, Alison Wix, Jacob Hovis, Emily Prenatt


The fundamental mission of the department of Biology is to provide students with a comprehensive, contemporary understanding of the biological sciences by offering experiences that are stimulating and challenging. Our courses include both lecture and hands-on, experiential laboratory components.  The goal of our collective efforts is to foster an appreciation for the complexities of living systems and to promote the development of competent biologists and scientifically literate citizens.


Our curricula introduce the student to basic biological principles at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. Regardless of your interests or long-term goals,the degree programs offered by the Department of Biology will prepare you well. The programs provide either breadth of training in the biological sciences, or allow for concentration in discipline specific interest areas such as botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, the paramedical fields of Medical Technology, Cytotechnology, or Histotechnology. Several year plus degree options are also available, thus facilitating smooth transition to degrees in the Physician Assistant program and physical therapy at Slippery Rock University, osteopathic medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), pharmacy at the LECOM School of Pharmacy, dentistry at LECOM or West Virginia University, and chiropractic at Logan University of Chiropractic or Palmer 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. A majority of our graduates matriculate into health related degree programs such as allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, dentistry, public health, genetic counseling, chiropractic, and dietetics or discipline specific masters or doctorate programs, including a masters in secondary education. 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 the 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.

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