Department of Biology

The Biology Department at Shippensburg University offers opportunities for students to explore a variety of areas of within the biological sciences. Undergraduate concentrations in Biotechnology, Clinical Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Health Professions, and Secondary Education allow students to develop skills specific to their interests and career choices. 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, and general education courses to broaden their education. The faculty possess the expertise to guide students in their preparation for careers or further study at the professional/graduate level. Small class sizes provide students with numerous opportunities to receive individual attention from highly qualified professors. Opportunities are available for students to perform internships and/or conduct scientific research under the supervision of faculty members.

Shippensburg's close proximity to federal and state research labs, state forests and parks, and medical institutions allows for unique class visits and research/internship opportunities. As a charter member of the Marine Science Consortium, Shippensburg University, in cooperation with other member colleges and universities, offers a variety of oceanographic study and research opportunities at Wallops Island, Virginia. Several clubs within the Biology Department (Bio-Nerds, Ecology, and Health Sciences Clubs, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society) provide a variety of social and educational activities for students. We also have a small, active graduate program that reflects the diversity of interests of our faculty. We encourage you to browse our webpages, or better yet, come for a visit. We think you will be impressed by what we have to offer. Please contact the Biology Department for further information.

  • Students who complete the degree program will develop a collaborative relationship with an academic advisor that aids them in making positive choices and taking full advantage of their opportunities at SU and beyond  
  • Students who complete the degree program will recognize and choose post-baccalaureate employment or graduate/professional study opportunities, as demonstrated by admission rates to post-graduate study and success in attaining and retaining employment in biology-related fields.
  • Students who complete the degree program will analyze and compose scientific research effectively through oral and in written methods, including the ability to prepare scientific papers, posters and short oral presentations in standard scientific format.
  • Students who complete the degree program will engage in and explain experiential or service learning, including research, internships, shadowing, service, community involvement, and/or leadership activities appropriate to their goals in the biology major.
  • Students who complete the degree program will be able to apply fundamental understanding of biological systems and processes at all levels (molecules to ecosystems), as well as more specialized knowledge appropriate to their track within the biology program on a capstone exam.