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Biology

Biology

You don’t go to college to learn ‘things,’ you go to learn how to learn. The faculty at Siena do a tremendous job of teaching more than facts; they teach you how to seek knowledge.
Lacey Wilmot Rao ’02
Orthopedic surgeon, Arizona Community Surgeons, Tucson, Ariz.
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  • About: Biology
  • Meet the Faculty
  • 3 Things: Biology
  • Internships
  • Career Opportunities
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • THE SIENA EFFECT: Biology

At Siena Heights, you are part of an extended family that meets regularly inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to hands-on collaborative learning, students also gather regularly for field trips, special lectures, community projects, or simply to study. 

Working with faculty mentors, students conduct meaningful field and/or lab research with data analysis. Siena Heights University biology students have won numerous national research awards over the past few years.

SHU biology graduates have a 95% acceptance rate into medical, chiropractic, podiatric, veterinary, and graduate school. 


The Biology department offers its students unique and distinguishing opportunities:
• As early as freshman year, Siena Heights University students can gain early acceptance into medical, dental, or pharmacy school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
• Students interested in the health sciences can complete advanced coursework at SHU that can lead to physical therapy certifications from the Gray Institute.
• In partnership with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, biology students explore a 7-acre field site to learn permaculture (permanent-agriculture), an ethical design system for land use that emphasizes sustainability, integration, and cooperation with natural systems.
• First-year students can join faculty-led research teams, such as our Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) group research project.

Where your educational journey leads you depends in part on where you start. In the Biology department, our approach to education, which combines a supportive community learning environment with a broad spectrum of challenging courses, in-depth lab and field experiences, and intensive research projects, has successfully prepared our graduates for their future careers.



BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

AT A GLANCE

•  Successful high school graduates entering SHU who satisfy Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's admission criteria will be offered a provisional acceptance to LECOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, or School of Pharmacy program. After graduation from SHU, the student will then matriculate to LECOM.
• In association with the Gray Institute, the Biology program offers four courses in students' junior and senior years to help prepare them for careers in physical therapy.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 3536Semester Hours
Course Type COGNATE
Required Credit Hours 4041Semester Hours
Course Type LIBERAL ARTS
Required Credit Hours 28Semester Hours
Course Type ELECTIVES
Required Credit Hours 1517Semester Hours
Total for major
118122Semester Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name Calculus II
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Data Analysis and Statistics
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 3
Course Name General Chemistry I
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name General Chemistry II
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name General Physics I
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name General Physics II
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Logic
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Organic Chemistry I
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Organic Chemistry II
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Physics I (Calculus Based)
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Physics II (Calculus Based)
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Precalculus
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Speech Communication
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Statistical Analysis and Design
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Symbolic Logic
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Animal Biology
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Basic Concepts of the Cell
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Genetics
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Junior Seminar I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Junior Seminar II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Plant Biology
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Senior Seminar I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Senior Seminar II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Animal Behavior
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Entomology
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Evolution
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Exercise Physiology
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Fresh Water Ecology & Field Bio
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Microbiology
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Terrestrial Ecology & Field Bio
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Vertebrate Physiology
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4

Meet the faculty members of the Biology program.

Division Chair: Computing, Mathematics & the Sciences; Professor of Biology
Biology
Adrian
517-264-7643
Associate Professor of Biology
Biology
Adrian
517-264-7636
Professor of Biology
Biology
Adrian
517-264-7649
Associate Professor of Biology
Biology
Adrian
517-264-7637


#1: The biology curriculum includes innovative and engaging coursework, including ecological kayaking trips on Cedar Lake and hikes through 400-year-old Gall Woods Old Growth Forest, and are led by outstanding professors such as three-time Rice Outstanding Teaching Award-winner Dr. Carl Kaster.

#2: The biology program offers its majors select opportunities through its affiliated partners, including early acceptance into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s medical, dental, or pharmacy schools. Through a partnership with the Gray Institute, biology students can also complete physical therapy-certification courses. Finally, majors can study sustainable agricultural practices at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ permaculture site.

#3: Working with faculty mentors, students can conduct scientific research and data analysis. SHU biology students include 29 TriBeta regional award winners and two national research champions.

Learn about internship opportunities available to those majoring in Biology.

Siena Heights University biology students are eligible for hundreds of paid research internships supported by the National Science Foundation. These summer research opportunities allow small groups of students to work in research programs at various host institutions.

Siena Heights University biology majors have interned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Colorado State University, and Indiana University, for instance. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Local internships and co-ops are also possible.

Former SHU biology students Maria Butler and Joseph Lemanski were awarded summer research internships. Butler conducted her research in Turkey studying the responses of the European honeybees to different odors, including alcohol. Lemanski spent his summer in Texas examining the effects of the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill on the deep-water organisms in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Biology.

Careers related to biology include:

  • Anatomist
  • Animal behaviorist
  • Biochemist
  • Cell biologist
  • Chiropractor
  • College professor
  • Dentist
  • Ecologist
  • Editor of scientific publications
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental biologist
  • Evolutionary biologist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • High school teacher
  • Limnologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopath
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Physiologist
  • Plant biologist
  • Podiatrist
  • Science writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Virologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Zoologist

Learn more about the Xi Omega chapter of the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Society.

The Xi Omega chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Society is a campus club dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study through the stimulation of scholarships, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the promotion of biological research.

Members of the Xi Omega chapter of TriBeta attend professional conferences, host speakers, and participate in community projects.

Meet Lacey Wilmot Rao, Class of 2002

Lacey Wilmot Rao


Major: Biology
What Lacey is Doing: Orthopedic surgeon, Tucson, Ariz.

An orthopedic surgeon and active community volunteer in Tucson, Ariz., Lacey Wilmot Rao credited Siena Heights with some important lessons. 

“You don’t go to college to learn ‘things,’ you go to learn how to learn,” she said, noting how quickly things change in medicine. “The faculty at Siena do a tremendous job of teaching more than facts; they teach you how to seek knowledge. I encourage today’s students to remember that much of what we know now will change. Try to focus on refining how to think and learn, as opposed to only memorizing facts.” 

Her experiences as a student and athlete at SHU taught her that “working hard, knowing how to think, and working well with others will make you successful in life. But what will make you happy? The simple answer is, doing what you love and sharing your talents with the world. Choose to do the thing that excites you, that makes you feel proud of your work, and that makes you smile.”


Coe Wins National Biology Research Award

Siena Heights University graduate Lauren Coe '12 won a national biology award for her presentation at the national Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society research conference in May 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Coe earned the Frank Brooks Award in ecology for her presentation on the effects of leaf color on the landing choice, egg-laying preference and larval growth of the cabbage white butterfly. Coe was the second Siena Heights student to earn a first place at the national biology conference. Billy Houghteling also received the honor in 1996.

Additional Info

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Science

Division:

  • Division of Computing, Mathematics, and the Sciences

Location(s):

Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.
(800) 521-0009