Biology Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biology is to provide a challenging and supportive educational experience for our students so that each student can achieve his or her educational goals. Our Biology curriculum is sufficiently diverse to prepare our students for the broad variety of postgraduate opportunities that exist in biology; it is unified so that each student experiences all the relevant areas of biology, and it is current and reflective of the new information and methodology in the field. The Biology major provides a strong grounding in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, and then allows flexibility in the selection of electives. Recommendations for electives are offered for students interested in pursuing interests in medicine, specialized graduate study, the many careers in the allied health professions, and the teaching of biology in secondary schools. The Environmental Science curriculum is sufficiently diverse to prepare our students for the broad variety of postgraduate opportunities that exist in this field. The Environmental Science major also provides hands-on research experience which will better prepare students for employment and graduate studies.


The department offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Biology and a B.S. degree in Environmental Science (Biology Track). Minors are offered in Biology and Environmental Issues.

  • Biology

    Program Goals

    Biology Major Program Goals

    1. To prepare students to conduct and communicate original scientific investigations.
    2. To provide a curriculum that cultivates the students’ knowledge base of the foundational areas of biology at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels of organization.
    3. To prepare and graduate students who enter graduate school or professional school or who obtain employment in biology-related fields.


    • Apply the scientific method and complete an independent research project.
    • Communicate effectively biological concepts through written, spoken and visual means.
    • Interpret numerical displays of data and apply quantitative skills and reasoning to biological problems.
    • Show proficiency in the following content learning objectives:
      • Explain the processes that lead to evolutionary change and recognize biological structures and functions as products of evolutionary change.
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  • Environmental Science

    Program Goals

    The B.S. degree in Environmental Science is designed to prepare students for graduate study and/or employment in the Environmental Science field. The courses that comprise the major will expose the student to all the major sub-disciplines in Biology and their application in the field of Environmental Science. In addition, the student can choose electives based on his or her particular interests. There are two tracks in this degree program, one in Biology and one in Chemistry.

    The requirements for the Biology track are described below.

    Program Goals


    Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

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  • General Science

    Program Goals

    The General Sciences degree program is an interdisciplinary degree track leading to Bachelor’s degree in General Science. It is designed for students who may not require the focus of a single science curriculum. The degree is designed to provide a broad education and to teach the fundamentals of science. The flexibility in the choice of courses allows students to obtain a degree that meets their career goals. Students can concentrate on biological sciences or chemistry as they prepare for admission to medical school, or other professional school in the health industry.


    General Science Learning Outcomes

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Office Address: Ivory V. Nelson Science Center 229
Dr. Karen Baskerville (CHAIR) Associate Professor, Biology Department, CST 484-365-7507
Elizabeth Perkins Department Assistant, Department of Biology, CST 7508

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