Biology is the science that investigates living organisms. This broad
field extends from the study of the inner-workings of a cell to the
interactions between organisms and their environment. In addition to
small classes taught by highly trained professors with expertise in
their fields, Shippensburg University's undergraduate biology program
offers you the opportunity to participate directly in research with faculty members.
Our students can receive small research grants from the Shippensburg
University Foundation to purchase supplies or to help cover the cost of
attending professional meetings. Biology students are assigned a faculty
advisor from the department to help guide course selection and career
Biology at Ship
Shippensburg University is located less than 100 miles from
Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, which enhances learning with
accessibility to the Smithsonian Institution, the National Zoo, and the
National Aquarium. Within a twenty-five-mile radius of the university
campus are three state forests, five state parks and a section of the
Appalachian Trail that winds its way through the oldest mountain system
in North America.
A charter member of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station,
Shippensburg University—in cooperation with other member colleges and
universities—offers a variety of oceanographic study and research
opportunities at Wallops Island, Virginia. Four separate three-week
sessions are in operation during the summer months. The station is also a
popular destination for weekend class field trips during fall and
Our department is proud of its laboratories containing a variety of computers and sophisticated instrumentation such as:
- Scanning electron microscope
- DNA sequencer
- Molecular imaging system
- Fluorescent microscope
- Microplate readers
- Refrigerated centrifuges
- Micro-video systems
- Automated autoclave
Environmental chambers, a pond, a thriving greenhouse, herbarium,
animal care facility, and a vertebrate museum add to the variety of
Admission and Degree Requirements
The Department of Biology at Shippensburg University offers
programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology. To complete the undergraduate biology degree, students may choose to concentrate in one of the following areas:
ecology and environmental biology,
biotechnology (with a pre-forensic sciences option)
secondary education, or general biology.
Students in the
Secondary Education program earn Pennsylvania Department of Education Secondary Certification upon successful completion of the teacher education requirements. Students electing to become certified in Secondary Biology may also elect to complete two additional approved certification areas: Environmental Education and General Science Education.
The biology program combines classroom, laboratory, and field studies to provide a comprehensive education. Students take a series of required courses to gain a strong foundation in life sciences, elective courses to specialize in a particular area, courses in allied fields such as chemistry and physics, and general education courses to broaden their education.
Careers in Biology
There is a strong need for qualified people in the natural sciences.
Biology majors at Shippensburg University have access to many career
options. Many of our students prepare for careers in the health
professions such as:
- Veterinary science
- Physical therapy
- Clinical sciences
Students with an interest in field studies and environmental science
enter careers in conservation, wildlife biology, fisheries management,
and environmental protection. Industries and pharmaceutical companies
look for graduates with an interest and training in cell biology,
microbiology, biochemistry, and physiology. A number of our students
prepare for careers as secondary school biology teachers.
The average salary for biologists in PA is $63,000 with a range between $38,000 to $114,000.
The biology program offers opportunities for students to become involved outside of the classroom. Several clubs and organizations provide a great opportunity to grow in your field of study and to meet other students with similar interests. Clubs and societies include
Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, the Biology Club, and the Health Science Club.
Student internships are strongly recommended and may be completed for university credit. Internships are available through a variety of organizations, including Pennsylvania state agencies and many private, governmental, and nonprofit organizations. Students in the Health Professions often conduct internships at hospitals or private clinics. Internships may be completed during the academic year or summer. Many students choose to find internship opportunities close to home during the summer months.
The Department of Biology
at Shippensburg University offers programs leading to a Bachelor of
Science in Biology. To complete the undergraduate biology degree,
students may choose to concentrate in one of the following areas: clinical sciences, health professions, ecology and environmental biology, biotechnology (with a pre-forensic sciences option), secondary education, or general biology.
Students electing to become certified in Secondary Biology Education
may also elect to complete two additional approved certification areas:
Environmental Education and General Science Education. For specifics on
degree and concentration requirements, see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Ecology and Environmental Biology
Health Professions [LINK TO NEW PAGE: http://www.ship.edu/Academics/Programs/Undergraduate/Health-Professions/]
The biology program offers opportunities for you to become involved
outside of the classroom. Several clubs and organizations provide a
great opportunity to grow in your field of study and to meet other
students with similar interests. Clubs and societies include Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, the Biology Club, and the Health Science Club.
Department of Biology
142 Franklin Science Center, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257