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.
Mansfield University offers the only undergraduate fisheries degree in Pennsylvania and the most complete undergraduate fisheries program in the country. MU fisheries interns and graduates have been placed across the United States, establishing Mansfield as a major center for fisheries education. Graduates are, therefore, very competitive for employment and graduate school opportunities. This B.S. degree program is housed within the Biology Department and provides extensive course work in the three major areas of fisheries science: aquaculture, fisheries biology, and fisheries management. Unique features of the program include a summer internship, field courses, and a required research project. Cooperative education and research agreements with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are integral components of the fisheries program at Mansfield University. Graduates of the program meet the requirements for certification as Associate Fisheries Scientists by the American Fisheries Society. With a year of organic chemistry, the fisheries major will have a minor in chemistry. The chemistry minor, Genetics (BI 3372), and Biostatistics and Experimental Design (BI 3390) are highly recommended for fisheries’ graduates who plan to attend graduate school. Students wishing to receive American Fisheries Society certification must take a statistics course through advisement.