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The Biology Department values broadly trained students who are
knowledgeable in a diversity of disciplines within biology. Such
broad training is important in today's age, when there is
considerable overlap among the biological disciplines. Students are
therefore encouraged to take a variety of courses to fulfill the 28
credits of upper-level electives required in the major.
Students should work closely with their academic advisor(s) to
determine the coursework that best suits their educational and
career goals. Several emphases and courses relevant to specific
disciplines are listed below. Students may also choose to complete
the biology degree with a pre-Physician Assistant (pre-PA) or
pre-Physical Therapy (pre-PT) option. These curriculum tracks allow
students to earn their degree in biology and complete the
prerequisite courses necessary to apply for matriculation into
professional PA or PT graduate programs.
Students majoring in biology also have the option to participate
in two academic travel courses that allow students to study
tropical marine biology in the Bahamas or the ecology of
Yellowstone National Park. These courses combined with the
laboratory experiences and opportunities to pursue faculty-mentored
undergraduate research provide students with the laboratory skills,
critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills that are
pivotal to be successful in biology-related careers.
The biology department at Gannon University is an academic
community of faculty and students engaged in the responsible
pursuit and communication of biological knowledge. Our mission is
to provide students with diverse academic experiences that foster
critical thinking, technical skill, scholarship, and science
literacy. By providing a strong foundation, our students can become
competitive and excel in their chosen fields.
This program provides junior or senior high school students
with laboratory and field experiences in the life sciences.
More information can be found here.