Offered by the Department of Biology
Professors Flesch (chairperson), Kirby, Maris, Soderberg, Sternick
Associate Professors: Hensley
Assistant Professors: Clifford, Kagle, Stein
The Department of Biology offers three degrees and two concentrations leading to the baccalaureate degree. The department also offers a minor in biology.
Programs leading to the B.S. degree give a solid liberal arts background and a foundation science courses in botany, zoology, cell biology, ecology, chemistry, physics and mathematic With close advisement you may concentrate in any one of several areas: botany, physiology, ecology, and cellular biology, among others. A unique feature of all biology degrees is the requirement to complete an undergraduate research project. These programs meet the minimum requirements for medical schools. The biology program is excellent preparation for graduate school. Many biology graduates become technicians in hospitals and research laboratories. Others go into sales positions with medical and pharmaceutical supply companies, while still others find employment in the environmental and ecological fields.
Those students preparing for a career in medicine may meet the minimum requirements fo medical, dental, chiropractic, veterinary, and physical therapy schools with proper course selection under the B.S. degree.
The cell and molecular biology concentration is designed to educate students in contemporary biology emphasizing molecular interactions, cell development and functions. This concentration is the primary degree for medical school preparation. Also Mansfield University participates in the Pennsylvania State University’s Primary Care partnership Program at the College of Medicine-Hershey Medical Center. MU has an affiliation with the Temple University School of Dentistry. This program has a strong emphasis on chemistry. Students learn to manipulate and use a variety of cell and molecular techniques important in present day research. Students selecting this track are qualified to enter the job market in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medicine, and the molecular biology of the environment.