Biology

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The Biology (BIOL) program offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees and a Biology minor in order to prepare students for a variety of careers in biological science; provide a background of skills, attitudes and knowledge needed for further study in professional and graduate schools; and promote enjoyment and appreciation of the organisms that populate our planet.

Stockton's Biology courses emphasize the diversity of life-forms that have evolved and the wide range of levels at which they can be studied: molecular to ecosystem. Many courses have laboratory and/or field components, and seminar, tutorial or independent project modes of instruction are also utilized.


About the Program

The Biology program takes advantage of the University's 1,600-acre setting in the New Jersey Pine Barrens close to the Atlantic Ocean. It is an area rich with diverse terrestrial, estuarine and marine habitats. Nearby are the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and many other federal, state, county and private wildlife preserves. The laboratory complex includes a greenhouse, animal rooms, environmental growth chambers, computer apparatus for physiological studies, light microscopes of many descriptions, plant and animal tissue culture facilities, and modern biological instrumentation including centrifuges, thermocyclers, and instrumentation for automated DNA sequencing.

Program Co-Chairs

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Nathaniel Hartman
Associate Professor of Biology
609.626.3417 | USC1-212
Nathaniel.Hartman@stockton.edu  

Michael Lague

Michael Lague
Associate Professor of Biology
609.652.4746 | USC2-310
Michael.Lague@stockton.edu

Program Features

  • All program faculty hold doctoral degrees from highly reputed institutions.
  • Opportunity for one-on-one assistance.
  • Biology seminar series.
  • Research opportunities in field and laboratory work.
  • Diversity of faculty and of Biology allows students the freedom in choosing their coursework.
  • Talk to the professors about their research; they love to talk about it!
 

Curriculum

A student has several choices of concentrations within the B.S. and B.A. degrees, including the General Biology concentration. Concentration structures are intended for general guidance in selecting a coherent set of recommended courses to prepare toward biology careers and/or graduate/professional education that supplement the general requirements.


Degree Offerings


Bachelors of Arts or Sciences in Biology

A versatile degree that provides a broad program of study to prepare the students for a broad spectrum of biology-related careers or a targeted specialized career of student’s choice, where a customized program of study is designed with guidance from a Preceptor.


Bachelor of Biology with a Biotechnology Concentration

Intended for students desiring laboratory careers in the pharmaceutical industry or graduate study in molecular biology-related applied fields

Bachelors of Sciences in Biology with a Dual Degree Medical Technology Concentration

Intended for those with a broad range of career options in hospital and commercial laboratories, in vitro fertilization laboratories, pharmaceutical industry, instrument manufacturing, etc.


Bacheolors of Arts or Sciences in Biology with a Pre-Professional Concentration

Includes prerequisites for most medical, veterinary, dental, optometry, podiatric, physician assistant, chiropractic, pharmacy, and other schools in the health sciences requiring similar preparation.

Bachelors of Arts in Biology with an Education Concentration

Suitable for those wishing to pursue a career as a high school biology teacher. This concentration includes education and related courses necessary for certification in the State of New Jersey


Bachelor of Science Biology with a Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

Designed for students intending to apply to a graduate degree program in Physical Therapy. Completion of this concentration does not guarantee admittance to the DPT graduate program at Stockton.

Minor

The core course requirement contributes breadth and the elective component contributes depth in biology. The minor might be of interest to almost any student curious about the living world. Students for whom the minor would fit most easily include those majoring in BCMB, CHEM, ENVL, MARS, PSYC, and PUBH.

As with all minors within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, all courses taken within the minor must be completed with a C or better. A C- grade is not acceptable. Additionally, at least the Seminar (BIOL 4600) and the two elective courses must be taken at Stockton.


Coursework

Degree Works Curriculum & Transfer Equivalency Tool

To see the curriculum for your area of interest you’ll use the web program, Degree Works. This service is accessible even if you are not currently a student with Stockton University.

Current students exploring the various paths towards degree completion should access the "what if" option in their Degree Works through the portal.

Instructions on How to Use Curriculum Tool

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Ranked within the Top 50 Best Bachelor's Degrees in Biology by Study.com

 

Faculty

Our faculty have diverse scholarly interests and a commitment to undergraduate education, providing a broad educational experience in the biological sciences, and opportunities for faculty mentoring and undergraduate research.

 Adam A. Aguiar

 Adam A. Aguiar

Associate Professor of Biology
609.626.3823 |  USC - 121
Luis Arriago

Luis Arriago

Teaching Specialist of Biology
USC - 117 | 609.626.3169
Guy F. Barbato

Guy F. Barbato

Associate Professor of Biology
USC  -121 | 609.652.4404
Matthew F. Bonnan

Matthew F. Bonnan

Professor of Biology
USC2 - 312 | 609.626-5589
David Burleigh

David Burleigh

Associate Professor of Biology
USC 118 | 609.652-4466
Kevin Coffey 

Kevin Coffey 

Teaching Specialist of Biology
USC2- 110 | 609.626.5564
David Furgione

David Furgione

Instructor of Biology / BCMB
USC 120 | 609.652.4483
Tim A. Haresign

Tim A. Haresign

Associate Professorof Biology
USC2 - 313 | 609.652.4316
Tara L. Harmer-Luke

Tara L. Harmer-Luke

Professor of Biology / BCMB
USC - 114 | 609.652.4965
Nathaniel Hartman

Nathaniel Hartman

Associate Professor of Biology
USC - 212 | 609.626.3417
Diane Imburgio

Diane Imburgio

Teaching Specialist of Biology
USC - 220 | 609.626.3514
Michael Lague

Michael Lague

Associate Professor of Biology
USC2 - 310 | 609.652.4746
Michael Law

Michael Law

Associate Professor of Biology / BCMB
USC - 312 | 609.652.4471
Margaret E. Lewis

Margaret E. Lewis

Professor of Biology
USC2 - 311 | 609.652.4686
Craig Lind

Craig Lind

Associate Professor of Biology
USC2 - 308 | 609.652.4484
Melanie Schroer

Melanie Schroer

Instructor of Biology
USC-318 | 609.626.6872
Ekaterina G. Sedia

Ekaterina G. Sedia

Professor of Biology
USC - 214 | 609.652.4569
Lauren Seyler

Lauren Seyler

Assistant Professor of Biology
USC-113 | 609-626-3188
Peter F. Straub

Peter F. Straub

Professor of Biology / BCMB
USC2 - 212 | 609.652.4556
Steven Shaak

Steven Shaak

Assistant Professorof Biology
USC - 120 | 609.652.4247
Melissa Zwick

Melissa Zwick

Associate Professor of Biology
USC - 119 | 609.652.4700

 

Ebenezer Bilewu

Ebenezer Bilewu

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Nathan Bone

Nathan Bone

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Colleen Brust

Colleen Brust

  Biology Adjunct Faculty
609.626.5668 |  USC1 - 211
David Colucci

David Colucci

Biology Professor/Adjunct
Michael Crowell

Michael Crowell

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Gale Donohue

Gale Donohue

Biology Adjunct Faculty 
Ilene Eberly

Ilene Eberly

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Valentina Fiero

Valentina Fiero

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Elaine Francis

Elaine Francis

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Dr. George Hermann, M.D.

Dr. George Hermann, M.D.

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez

Biology Adjunct Faculty 
Diane Imburgio

Diane Imburgio

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Jessica Keen

Jessica Keen

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Melissa Laurino

Melissa Laurino

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Christine Lentz

Christine Lentz

Biology Adjunt Faculty
Robert Mejia

Robert Mejia

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Candace Ochs

Candace Ochs

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Thomas Olah

Thomas Olah

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Susanne Poff

Susanne Poff

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Salman Rahman

Salman Rahman

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Thushani Rodrigo Peiris

Thushani Rodrigo Peiris

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Steven Schain

Steven Schain

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Angela Speakman

Angela Speakman

Biology Adjunct Fauclty/Cannabis Studiese
Lena Usyk

Lena Usyk

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Tanya Usyk

Tanya Usyk

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Kimberly Wiech

Kimberly Wiech

Biology Adjunct Faculty
Karen P.York

Karen P.York

BCMB Adjunct Faculty
609.652.4449 |  USC - 313

 

Opportunities

Local Internships

Mentoring is available at wildlife refuges and other public and private facilities for monitoring, rehabilitating and otherwise studying local wildlife, zoos, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, hospitals and other healthcare practices and laboratories, nursing homes, the State Police forensic laboratory, the Federal Aviation Authority Technical Center, pharmaceutical companies, environmental testing laboratories, etc.

Washington, D.C. Internship

The University participates in a program open to all majors. Biology students have been assigned to the Walter Reed Hospital and Research Center, the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health laboratories, etc. See Washington Internship program in the Bulletin.

Semester Abroad

There is a semester- or year-abroad program, in which Biology majors have enjoyed taking classes at universities in Britain, Ireland, Australia, etc. See International Education in the Bulletin.

Research

Most Stockton faculty maintain research programs, which engage students.

Teaching Certificate

Students who combine a Biology degree with preparation for a teaching career have developed projects to introduce new teaching or laboratory instructional units as part of their practice teaching in a local school.

Independent Study

Students are invited to approach faculty with ideas for learning topics not included in the regular curriculum, which are then pursued by independent study or tutorial modes of instruction.

Minor

The opportunity to combine a Biology degree with a minor in Chemistry, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Mathematics, Language, Performing Arts, Economics, etc., is particularly valuable.

Certificate Programs

Certificates may be earned in Energy, Forensic Science, Gerontology and Holocaust-Genocide Studies. Certificates indicate that students have successfully completed course work in theses interdisciplinary subjects beyond those completed as part of the Biology degree.


The Biology Program also offers a number of opportunities for students to get involved in various areas of interest outside of the classroom. 

 

Careers

Biology program alumni report that the largest employment niche for graduates has been the research and development laboratories of pharmaceutical companies and other industries, university research labs and clinics. Graduates also find employment in other industrial and commercial niches (such as pharmaceutical sales) and in the public sector as teachers or as technicians in federal, state, or county laboratories and agencies. Other Biology graduates go on to professional or graduate school, and several are now faculty members at major universities. 

 

Potential Careers

Biologist
Government agency roles
Dentist
Botanist
Science writer
Pharmacist
Pharmacologist
Zoologist
Physical therapist
Ecologist
Educator
Radiologist
Nature conservation officer
Research scientist
Dental hygienist
Biotechnologist
Physician
Physician Assistant
Forensic scientist
Veterinarian
 

 

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