• The research capabilities of the Environaut, a 53-foot research vessel on Lake Erie, have been significantly enhanced by the addition of radar, sonar, an underwater camera, a generator and an enclosed laboratory.
    • Recent graduates are pursuing a master's (M.S.) or doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in biological research at Vanderbilt University and the University at Buffalo, and are pursing professional degrees (M.D., D.O., O.D., D.D.M. or D.D.S., Pharm.D., etc.) in the following select programs: Ohio State University College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, University of California Berkeley School of Optometry, Salus University School of Optometry, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (School of Pharmacy and School of Dental Medicine), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine, Thomas Jefferson College of Medicine and New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

    You Will Learn


    The Biology department is an academic community of faculty and students engaged in the responsible pursuit and communication of biological knowledge. We provide students with a diverse curriculum to explore and study life, in the classroom, laboratory and field. We offer students a wide range of possibilities to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become competitive and excel in their chosen fields. Students can participate in faculty-mentored research. Travel courses are available to study tropical marine biology in the Bahamas or the ecology of Yellowstone National Park. Field courses include Fisheries Biology and Limnology, which utilize the Environaut, Gannon University's research vessel on Lake Erie, and biomedical courses such as Human Gross Anatomy, Histology and Endocrinology, which help students prepare for medical school or medically-related professional programs.


    You Will Experience

    Biology majors can participate in faculty-mentored research to gain experience studying the biological sciences. Many students also choose to complete summer undergraduate research and/or clinical internships. Students work with faculty to explore these possibilities. External research and internship opportunities are vast, but may include programs at:

    • Case Western Reserve University
    • Cornell University
    • Duke University
    • Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
    • Presque Isle State Park
    • Roswell Park Cancer Center
    • St. Vincent Health System
    • University of Houston
    • UPMC Hamot Medical Center
    • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
    • Yellowstone National Park

    You Will Achieve

    Students with a degree in biology can continue their education to pursue careers in research or medicine. Additionally, students can gain employment in industry, non-profit organizations or government agencies. Students who complete their degree in biology-secondary education can pursue a career teaching biology in secondary schools.

    With a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biology, students may pursue diverse career paths. Such career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • biological or medical scientist 
    • dentist
    • optometrist
    • pharmacist 
    • physician/surgeon
    • physician assistant
    • veterinarian


    With a degree in biology students may pursue careers. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • biological research technician  
    • fisheries biologist  
    • microbiologist  
    • teacher - secondary education  
    • zoologist/wildlife/marine biologist  


    You will Study

    The biology department offers a wide range of courses throughout the academic year. Students can also earn academic credit while participating in faculty-mentored research, or after completing an internship related to biology. Some of the unique courses within the curriculum that are often sought after by students include:

    BIOL 365 & BIOL 366: Human Gross Anatomy & Human Gross Anatomy Lab 

    The Human Gross Anatomy course is lecture-based and uses a regional approach to study the human body. It is taken simultaneously with Human Gross Anatomy Lab. Dissection of human cadavers by students is a key component of the lab. In addition, learning is facilitated through the use of anatomical models.  


    BIOL 383: Tropical Marine Biology

    This course is open to all students regardless of their major and fulfills the Liberal Studies Core Science requirement. The course is offered over spring break in the Bahamas, where students investigate ecological systems such as coral reefs, mangroves, beaches, tidal pools and inland habitats.



    BIOL 363:Endocrinology

    Endocrinology, the study of hormones, is presented with an emphasis on neural-endocrine interactions, hormone- receptor interactions, mechanisms of hormone action, metabolism, a survey of the major endocrine tissues and glands, and reproductive physiology.


    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $40,200
    • Mid-career salary: $70,800


    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (