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Grow as a scientist, researcher and thinker as you explore your passion for the life sciences with a Biology degree from PennWest Edinboro.

You'll get hands-on experience that will not only prepare you for employment as a biologist or acceptance into a graduate or professional program but make you successful along the way.




The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs will increase 10% for life science occupations by 2026.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Edinboro offers a wide range of programs designed to peak your interests and broaden your knowledge of careers in the field of biology.

Plan to work hard, but also reap great rewards. Our curriculum is rigorous and founded on evidence-based science. You'll gain a fundamental knowledge of biology, zoology and genetics. These classes are balanced with general education and core courses that improve your critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making — qualities that are highly valued in every profession.

All lectures and labs are small, taught by faculty with research interests that range from spiders and parasites to toxicology and food safety and plant and animal ecology. You'll have a chance to work closely with them and participate in their research endeavors.

You'll be held to high standards and prepared to enter the workforce or enroll in a graduate or professional school.



How Edinboro Supports You.

As a Biology major, you will:

  • Choose from a wide variety of internships, ranging from government agencies such as the DCNR and EPA to nature centers and state parks, or medical offices, clinics and hospitals
  • Have the opportunity to present your research at local, regional or national meetings
  • Get hands-on experience at summer field classes at the University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology
  • Join on-campus organizations such as Tri Beta, a national biological honor society, and Health Professions Club

Want to Become a Healthcare Professional?

If you're interested in pursuing a career as a healthcare professional, start with our undergraduate Biology degree with specific pre-professional tracks. Or choose our cooperative program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).

Your Future

Our alumni follow diverse paths. Many are employed as zookeepers, educators, naturalists, and state and federal biologists. Others go on to medical, chiropractic or dental school, or pursue graduate programs in fields such as Cell Biology, Marine Biology, Molecular Biology, Conservation Biology and Plant Biology.

You’ll find our graduates currently employed by organizations such as:

  • Daeman College
  • Erie Zoo
  • Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Holden Arboretum
  • Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center
  • University of Maryland

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Chadwick Hanna
Department Chair
308 Frich Hall
Phone: 724-938-5989

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