• Aboard Gannon’s 53-foot research vessel, the Environaut, science students are able to take several courses or undertake research projects that will allow them to receive hands-on training on Lake Erie.
    • The Zurn Science Center, where the science classes and labs are held, was recently renovated. This multi-million dollar project allowed for the purchase of the most recent high-technology equipment used by scientists in a number of different fields.
    • Science students will have an opportunity to take courses or receive training in our human cadaver lab, the region’s largest Patient Simulation Center or the newly constructed Human Performance Laboratory.

    You Will Learn

    This program is a perfect fit for those students who enjoy science but are not yet certain of the career path they wish to pursue. By providing a broad background in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics and physics, students are afforded a high degree of flexibility in the types of courses they choose to complete the 60 credits of required science sequence coursework. As a result, students are able to design their degree path in a way that best fits their interests in a manner that prepares them for successful placement in a number of different career options. Whatever the specific career path chosen, this program will prepare the student to be a critical thinker, problem solver and a highly valued asset of potential employers.

    You Will Experience

    The Student Success Center at Gannon provides constant updates to students on internship or experiential learning opportunities for students interested in the science program. Such examples include participation in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program of the National Science Foundation or fieldwork placement at Presque Isle State Park through the Regional Science Consortium of which Gannon is an active member. Additionally, students may choose to gain direct research experience with one of our many productive faculty who publish and present their work with students on a regular basis. For those students who are considering science application in the health field, Gannon offers opportunities to participate in a health coach program with Saint Vincent Hospital or be trained to become a patient care technician in collaboration with UPMC Hamot. These opportunities allow the student to gain the real-world working experience they will need to secure a job following graduation.

    You Will Achieve

    Depending on the types of courses the student takes, this program prepares students for a variety of options to pursue upon graduation. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

    • education fields   
    • entry into health professional school (medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, etc.)  
    • entry-level placement in environmental agencies  
    • graduate school  
    • science laboratory technician  
    • science sales        

    You will Study

    Students will take a series of courses in our liberal arts core, which when combined with their science courses, will give them the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and apply them in topics ranging from history to theology and philosophy. Additionally, a leadership seminar and capstone experience will allow students to sum up their collective undergraduate experience in a way that is personalized to their experience, which for science students could include:

    BIOL 383: Tropical Marine Biology

    This course is open to all students regardless of 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.

    ENV 400: Environmental Toxicology

    This course focuses upon the properties, effects and detection of chemical substances in the environment and within exposed species and how that information is used to protect human health. Topics to be covered include: dose-response relationships, toxicokinetics, biotransformation and elimination of toxicants, target organ toxicity, carcinogenesis, risk assessment and the standard-setting process.

    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 vary depending on the location and type of organization.


    • Starting salary: $40,200
    • Mid-career salary: $70,800
    • Starting salary: $44,100
    • Mid-year salary: $84,100
    • Starting salary: $37,400
    • Mid-career salary: $55,200


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