Department of Biology

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The Department of Biology provides opportunities for a superior biological education at the BS and MS levels, contributes to knowledge through research and scholarship, and graduates well-educated student citizens.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BS Biology (General Biology, Ecology, Organismal Biology, and Pre-Medical Professions)
  • BS in Biotechnology
  • MS in Biotechnology
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-professional Program

Students majoring in biology or biotechnology may continue their education in professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, physician's assistant, and physical therapy) schools, graduate schools (MS or PhD) in a variety of fields (e.g., animal physiology, molecular biology, botany, biochemistry, genetics, behavior genetics, ecology, microbiology, and neuroscience), or certification programs (e.g., medical technologist, ultrasound technician, and respiratory therapist) . Graduates can also directly obtain employment in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and biomedical industries, food and cosmetic industries, hospitals and clinical environments, university and government laboratories, federal, state, and local government agencies, and environmental firms. Some examples of positions include research and development, quality control, assessment and testing, research technicians and laboratory assistants, naturalists, park rangers, and positions in sales and administration. There are also many career opportunities in K-12 teaching.

Biology-BS Mission Statement:

 The Biology Department mission is to contribute to the WPUNJ and College of Science and Health mission through teaching, research, and service to the University and its constituencies. The Biology department mission and goals are consistent with and supports the University and College of Science and Health Strategic Plans. The Department of Biology focuses on the following specific objectives: 

Biology-BS Goals:

  1. Foundation: Acquire knowledge on the evolution and diversity of living organisms, their structure and behavioral interactions as well as the molecular processes that underpin biological function. 
  2. Preparedness: Develop knowledge and skills required for successful entry into the job market and/or further studies. 
  3. Professional skills: Professional skills: Develop the ability to collect, organize, interpret and evaluate scientific information. Learn to use the library and biology - specific data bases. 
  4.  Demonstrate ability to critically analyze biological information, including experimental data in primary source material. 
  5. Demonstrate ability to draw valid conclusions from experiments. 
  6. Demonstrate ability to communicate clearly in writing and orally. 

Biotechnology-MS Mission Statement:

 The MS Biotechnology Program will provide students with advanced and hands-on training in the biological sciences; valuable skills in leadership, communication, and business; fluency in the culture, processes, trends, and expectations in industry, government, and doctoral studies. MS Biotechnology Program will provide unique educational and experiential learning opportunities for students through contact with industry and government professionals; and improve the ability of graduates to obtain employment in biotechnology and related industries, government, non-profits, or pursue an advanced degree. 

 Biotechnology-MS Goals:

  1. Provide students with advanced and hands-on training in the biological sciences. 
  2. Provide students with valuable skills in leadership, communication, and business. 
  3. Provide students fluency in the culture, processes, trends, and expectations in industry, government, and doctoral studies. 
  4. Provide unique educational and experiential learning opportunities for students through contact with industry and government professionals. 
  5. Improve the ability of graduates to obtain employment in biotechnology and related industries, government, non-profits, or pursue an advanced degree. 
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Department Spotlight

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Julia Macdonald '17 Located and tracked a declining population of bats in the woods of High Mountain Park Preserve for her honors thesis, which was presented at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference.