The Biology program at Kutztown University prepares students for employment in their areas of specialization, for graduate work in biology, and for medical and other professional schools. The programs have strong lab components that emphasize student involvement and close student-faculty interaction. Students can major or minor in Biology.
The Biology program offers these areas of specialization:
Pre-Medical and Other Health Careers:
Required courses include Principles of Biology, Zoology, Comparative Anatomy, Physiology, Research Methods, and Genetics (among others) as well as choices among a number of specialized or advanced courses including Medical Microbiology, Histology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Cellular Physiology & Metabolism, and Molecular Biology. The program is designed to prepare students for their further education in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, or physician's assistant school.
Required courses include Principles of Biology, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Research Methods (among others) as well as choices among a number of specialized or advanced courses including Cellular Physiology & Metabolism, Biochemistry, Human Physiology, Comparative Animal Physiology, Plant Physiology, Cancer Biology, Food Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Developmental Biology, and Histology. The program is designed to provide majors with a broad background in biology as well as advanced knowledge in the area of concentration.
Required courses include Principles of Biology, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Research Methods and Ecology, as well as choices among a number of specialized or advanced courses including Entomology, Vertebrate Biology, Ornithology, Herpetology, Invertebrate Biology, Animal Behavior, Plant Taxonomy, and Plant Ecology. This program is designed to provide majors with a broad education in the biology of organisms and their ecology.
Environmental Science: Biology Track
Research and Internships
Many Biology majors conduct independent research projects for credit. Research results are often presented at local, regional and national meetings and/or symposia. In addition, many of our students have completed internships with a large number of cooperating agencies.
Special Learning Facilities
- Facilities & Equipment
The Ronald R. Rhein Environmental Study Area This thirty-acre parcel of land near campus is maintained as an ecological preserve and study area. It is used by several field courses. In addition, students and faculty often conduct research at the preserve.
- Kutztown University Wetland
Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is the site of a protected wetland that is used as an instructional resource and on-campus research site
- Kutztown University Greenhouse
Kutztown University has a modern greenhouse facility that is used to support botany and ecology courses as well as faculty/student research projects.
Biology majors benefit from the use of specialized equipment that has been supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation.
In addition to our excellent faculty and facilities on campus, KU has a formal cooperative program with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station at Wallops Island, Va., and is a member of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists.
Our graduates are successful: 85 percent are employed in biology-related jobs or advanced training. Students who graduate with a degree in biology can choose to further their education, or find employment opportunities in health care, health sciences, education, research and development for private companies and the government, and the biomedical sciences.
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