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4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program


Study the science of life.

In the Department of Biology, the emphasis we place on personal attention and close interaction between faculty and student provides our majors with a solid core of learning and preparation within biology as well as mathematics, physics and chemistry. Experiential learning is key, and we encourage every student to pursue hands-on field and laboratory experiences, opportunities to participate in faculty-student collaborative research, travel courses, professional conferences, community service, and professional practicum training.

Fast Facts

  • Study in our new Orris C. Hirtzel and Beatrice Dewey Hirtzel DNA Sequencing Center, which features two DNA sequencers allowing for the rapid and robust amplification of DNA sequences from any organism
  • Within six months of graduating, 89 percent of our grads find placement in graduate school or a career in their chosen field
  • Get your hands dirty in the department-owned Jean B. and J. Douglas James Ecological and Wildlife Preserve, a 35-acre forest and wetland habitat

Program content

Medical Technology Concentration

Biology majors interested in the healthcare field may want to consider choosing the medical technology concentration. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to become registered medical technologists, healthcare practitioners who work in labs, hospitals, doctors' offices and other medical and scientific facilities, performing diagnostic analytical tests on human body fluids and other specimens.


To become a registered Medical Technologist, a student must complete at least three years of college (the equivalent of 90 semester hours), a year of training at an AMA approved school of Medical Technology, and pass a registry examination. During the fall of the junior year, the student applies to one or more approved schools of Medical Technology. Mercyhurst University is affiliated with Saint Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA, and WCA Hospital, Jamestown, N.Y. Other affiliations may be arranged on an individual basis. Upon satisfactory completion of the courses at the affiliated school, the student earns a B.S. in Biology/Medical Technology from Mercyhurst University and is eligible to sit for the registry examination. In consultation with an advisor, a program of study that follows the general plan of core, thematic, elective, and research courses listed below, will be created.

Neuroscience Concentration

The neuroscience concentration is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Biology and Psychology Departments. Neuroscience is the study of the structure, organization, and function of the nervous system. Only in recent decades has neuroscience become a recognized discipline. It is now a unified field that integrates biology, chemistry, and physics with studies of structure, physiology, and behavior, including human emotional and cognitive functions. This is an exciting field of study with great potential for new discoveries and rewarding careers.

Core Classes:

BIO 142/143 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 146/147 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology of Organisms
BIO 450 Neurobiology
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 252 Biopsychology
BIO 466 Senior thesis OR BIO 474 Biology Practicum

Choose Five of the Following:

BIO 310/311 Genetics
BIO 320/321 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 330/331 Immunology
BIO 334/335 Human Anatomy
BIO 344/345 Human Physiology
BIO 370/371 Cellular Biochemistry
BIO 430 Molecular Biology
PSYC 211 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 236 Learning and Motivation
PSYC 237 Memory & Cognition
PSYC 253 Drugs & Human Behavior

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total tuition fees for

  • Residents:$55,505
  • Local Commuters:$43,005


Learning Outcomes

The Biology Department has identified four learning outcomes that all biology majors should meet before they earn their degrees. Those outcomes and the methods by which each is assessed are:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in three major areas of biology: cellular and molecular biology (including genetics), ecology and evolution, and organismal biology
  • Critically analyze scientific information
  • Demonstrate proficiency in lab, field, and/or clinical techniques
  • Communicate scientific findings in a professional manner

Career paths

  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Biological Technicians
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

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Mercyhurst University

Founded in 1929, Mercyhurst University is a private, Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a hill overlooking Lake Erie. Our 75-acre campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the region. The university educates diverse persons in...

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Mercyhurst University

501 E 38th Street
16546 Erie Pennsylvania
United States of America

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