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  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Science students train in our human cadaver lab, the region’s largest Patient Simulation Center, Gannon’s 48-foot “Environaut” research vessel and the newly constructed Human Performance Laboratory.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Aboard Gannon’s 48-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 many science classes and labs are held, was recently renovated. This multi-million dollar project allowed for the purchase of technical equipment used by scientists in a number of different science disciplines. Students learn to use and apply this equipment within courses or through faculty-mentored research projects.
    • Science students have an opportunity to take courses or receive training in our human cadaver lab, the region’s largest Patient Simulation Center, and/or the newly constructed Human Performance Laboratory.

    You Will Learn

    This program is a perfect fit for those students who enjoy science, but who 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 coursework. As a result, students are able to design their degree path in a way that best fits their interests and 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 for 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 (REU) program of the National Science Foundation or fieldwork placement at Presque Isle State Park through the Regional Science Consortium. 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 applying their science education to a health field, Gannon offers opportunities to participate in a health coach program with Saint Vincent Hospital. These opportunities allow the student to gain the real-world work experience they will need to secure a job following graduation.

    You Will Achieve

    Depending on the types of courses the student chooses to complete their degree, this program prepares students for a variety of career options upon graduation. Such career 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 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 (  

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Students will take a series of courses in our liberal arts core curriculum, 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 to 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. Along the way, students are able to choose elective courses to complete their required and general elective credits and may include unique courses such as:

    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.