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2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
2020-2021 University Catalog

Biological Sciences


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Vision

Our department will be a leader in STEM education through our inclusive, supportive, and collaborative community that is dedicated to teaching, research, and service. We will provide excellent preparation for current and future scientists and health-care practitioners. We will be a leader in biological sciences education across core concepts by embracing innovative and inter-disciplinary teaching methods and technologies.

Mission

By focusing on inquiry-based learning and research, students develop as scientists by doing science.  Students experience individualized mentorship in a supportive and inclusive environment that empowers them to achieve their goals and serve society

Goals

  • The Department of Biological Sciences will be a model for innovative, evidence-based, and learning-centered interdisciplinary instruction.
  • The Department of Biological Sciences will foster research and scholarship, including dissemination of scientific information, positively impacting students and preparing them for a data-driven society.
  • The Department of Biological Sciences will provide excellent leadership and service to students, the department, the college, the university, the community, and the profession.

Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences provides the academic, intellectual, and practical foundation upon which all USciences students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to establish a strong biological sciences career.

Through basic biology courses and laboratory experiences, all students at USciences:

  • Learn fundamental concepts in biological sciences.
  • Learn to apply scientific reasoning.
  • Appreciate their discipline from a biological perspective.

The department educates undergraduate majors in advanced biology, biomedical sciences, environmental science, medical laboratory science, and microbiology. Graduates with a major in the biological sciences will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in state-of-the-art methods and techniques used in analytical and problem-solving approaches to current problems, concerns, and questions that must be addressed through scientific inquiry.
  • Interpret primary source scientific publications in the biological sciences, integrating fundamental concepts of chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
  • Incorporate scientific information into well-constructed, valid written documents and oral presentations.
  • Recognize relevant sociological and ethical perspectives in the context of the biological sciences through a strong and balanced general education experience.

The department provides students with research experience as a framework for the study of biological sciences. All undergraduate majors in the Department of Biological Sciences in good academic standing who express a desire to perform investigative research can do so through coursework or in faculty laboratories, where space is available. These opportunities allow students to:

  • Gain experience in the use of modern laboratory techniques and equipment.
  • Construct valid experimental designs.
  • Demonstrate familiarity in analytical and problem-solving approaches to hypothesis testing.
  • Write scientific communications for presentation in public forums or publication.

USciences has articulation agreements with several local colleges to facilitate earning BS degrees in biology, biomedical sciences and microbiology after two years of study at the other school. In addition, articulations exist to facilitate USciences students to earn degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, audiology, and veterinary sciences at selected schools. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Biological Sciences or from the dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences.

Additional Degree Options

Students with majors in the biological sciences may choose to specialize within their field by pursuing the BS/MS program.

BS/MS Program

Students who complete the requirements of the BS degree in biology, biomedical sciences, environmental science, or microbiology may finish a non-thesis MS degree with one additional calendar year of full-time study. The specific prerequisites of this program are successful completion of BS 243, BS 244, CH 341, BS 461, and BS 466. To be eligible to apply for this program, students should have maintained a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all biological science courses at the 200 level and higher. Credits earned in addition to the minimum 127 required for BS graduation may be eligible for transfer to the MS program. Students may apply to this program during the spring semester of the third year.

Faculty

Peter B. Berget
BS, PhD (University of Minnesota)
Professor of Biology 
Interim Chair, Biological Sciences

Wasim Anwar
BS (Foreman Christian University, Pakistan) MBBS (Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan)
Assistant Professor of Biology

Jill M. Baren 
BS (Brown University); MS (University of Pennsylvania); MBA (Brandeis University); MD (University of Pittsburgh)
Professor of Biological Sciences and Humanities 
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Ara DerMarderosian
BS, MS (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); PhD (Rhode Island)
Professor Emeritus of Biology

Grace Farber
BS (Rider University); PhD (University of Pittsburgh) 
Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience 
Associate Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences​
Director, Pre-Health 
and Co-Director, Neuroscience Program 

Matthew J. Farber 
BS (Seton Hall University); PhD (University of Pittsburgh) 
Assistant Professor of Biology
Director, Brewing Science Program

Jason E. Heindl
BA (Amherst College); PhD (Harvard University)
Assistant Professor of Biology

Christopher Janetopoulos
BS (Augustana College); PhD (Texas A & M University)
Associate Professor of Biology 

Michelle L. Kanther 
BS (Dickinson College); PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Assistant Professor of Biology

Margaret R. Kasschau
BA (University of Rochester); MS, PhD (University of South Carolina)
Professor Emeritus of Biology

Sudha Moorthy​
BS (University of Delhi); MS (The MS University of Baroda); PhD (Indian Institute of Science)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Alison M. Mostrom
AB (Mount Holyoke College); PhD (University of Pennsylvania) 
Associate Professor of Biology

Suzanne K. Murphy
BA (Rosemont College); PhD (Hahnemann University)
Professor of Biology 

Kenneth Myers 
BS (Philadelphia University); PhD (Drexel University)
Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience 
Co-Director, Cell Biology and Biotechnology Graduate Programs 

Dana A. Pape-Zambito
BA (University of Delaware); PhD (Pennsylvania State University)
Associate Professor of Biology 
Co-Assistant Chair, Biological Sciences and Director, Biological Sciences and Microbiology Program

Margaret M.P. Pearce
BS (Le Moyne College); PhD (SUNY Upstate Medical University)
Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience 

Lois H. Peck
BS, MEd (West Chester University); EdD (Temple University)
Professor Emeritus of Biology

Bela Peethambaran
BTech (St. Xavier’s, India); MS (Gujarat University, India); PhD (Mississippi State University)
Associate Professor of Biology 
Co-Director, Cell Biology and Biotechnology Graduate Programs 

Catherine Purzycki
BS (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science); MS (Rutgers University)
Senior Lecturer in Biology

Shivendra Sahi 
BS (Gorakhpur University, India); PhD (North Carolina State University)
Professor of Biology 

Margaret A. Reinhart
BS (Millersville University); MMA (Pennsylvania State University); MS (Villanova University)
Senior Lecturer in Biology

C. Nicole Sunnen
BS (University of Guelph, Canada); PhD (Baylor College of Medicine)
Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience 

Diane Valentin 
BS (University of the Sciences); MS (Rutgers University)
Instructor of Medical Laboratory Science 
Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program

Lisa Warden
BS, MS (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey); PhD (Utrecht University)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology 

Kevin C. Wolbach
BS (Muhlenberg College); MS (Lehigh University)
Senior Lecturer of Biology
Co-Assistant Chair, Biological Sciences and Director, Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Science Programs

Adjunct Faculty

Jule Anne D. Henstenburg, RD; LDN; FAND
PhD (University of the Sciences)
Adjunct Instructor in Nutrition 

David C. Kurland
BS, MS, JD (University of Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Instructor in Environmental Law

Matthew Lanza 
BS, VMD (University of Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Instructor in Comparative Animal Physiology 

Joseph J. Lisa 
BA (Dickinson College); JD, LLM (George Washington University) 
Adjunct Instructor in Environmental Law  

Ronald MacGillivray
BS (Northeastern University); MS (Rutgers University); PhD (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Adjunct Instructor in Biology 

Cristina Ramaciotti
BS (University of California, Los Angeles); MS (Duke University)
Adjunct Instructor in Environmental Geology  

Francis C. Ramaciotti
BS (University of Scranton); MEM (Duke University)
Adjunct Instructor in Environmental Risk Assessment  

John Siefert​
BS (Penn State University); MS (University of Maryland) 
Adjunct Instructor in Biology 

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