Early, Hands-on Research Experience in Nature-rich Environment

We have a state-of-the-art science center perfectly equipped for workshop-style classes, an 87-acre field station right on campus, a dedicated laboratory for freshwater research... and did we mention the Susquehanna River is in our backyard?

The university is perfectly located for the study of biology—in a valley ecosystem rich with fish, birds, plants, and other animals and organisms.

And you won’t be limited to the Selinsgrove area. You’ll get a global perspective on a totally new biome on study abroad trips in Australia and the Galapagos Islands. Students intern at zoos, cancer research centers and win Fulbright awards.

Hands-on research is a hallmark of Susquehanna’s biology program. Most undergraduate biology programs limit you to a semester-long senior research project, but here you can choose to study for a full year alongside a faculty expert.

Our faculty frequently co-author research papers with students, who nearly all have a chance to present their work at regional and national conferences—such as the Ecological Society of America, National Conferences on Undergraduate Research or Pennsylvania Academy of Science.

You'll be ready to go right into the workforce, pursue graduate study in the sciences or attend a medical professional school.

Our graduates work for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, join governmental organizations like the Department of Environmental Protection, work as doctors or veterinarians, and become teachers.

The most sought-after job and professional school candidates excel at writing, teamwork, presentations, critical thinking, interpersonal relationships and leadership. Because our bold curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, you'll develop all of these essential skills.

Everything in the major is designed to help you define and explore your passion. Our  interdisciplinary minors, like biochemistryecology and  environmental studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that biology majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.  

  • Ecology and Evolution 
  • Cell Biology and Genetics 
  • Organismal Biology 
  • General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

Our students go on to graduate school at:

Cornell University
Duke University
Drexel University
Dartmouth University
Georgetown University
Thomas Jefferson University
University of California Davis
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh
University of Virginia

Our students go on to health professional programs at:

Thomas Jefferson University Medical College
Drexel University Medical School
West Virginia University Medical School
 Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Penn State University College of Medicine
University of Buffalo School of Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pacific Northwestern School of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia- Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Temple University School of Dentistry
University of Sciences Physical Therapy Program
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Salus University Optometry Program
Thomas Jefferson Physician Assistants Program

Our students find jobs right out of school at:

Smithsonian Institute
Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Boehringer Ingelheim
Hershey Medical Center
Geisinger Medical Center
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Fresh Water Research Initiative
OraSure Technologies
Compass Professional Health Services
Spinal Concepts

Our students pursue other opportunities in:

Peace Corps
Fulbright Fellowships
Law School
Science Writing
Science Policy
Public Health
Genetic Counseling
Medical Advertising

Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address tobinjan@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4067

Jack Russell Holt, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology


Margaret T. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address mpeeler@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4207

Matthew Persons, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology


David S. Richard, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address richard@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4206

Carlos Alberto Iudica, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology


David Matlaga, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address matlaga@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4347

Alissa A. Packer, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology


Thomas C. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address peelert@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4381

Jan Reichard-Brown, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology


Erin Rhinehart, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address rhinehart@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-2008

Tanya Hawley Matlaga, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology


Pavithra Vivekanand, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address vivekanand@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4422

Antonio Rockwell, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology


Alexander Sweger

Department: Biology
Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Email Address sweger@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4347

Audrey K Eroh

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant


Check out all your options! View the course catalog.

The course catalog is the compilation of all the amazing classes and programs being offered at Susquehanna during a given academic year.  For more information about the courses being offered, programs available, and much more, download the catalog and dig in.

See the 2020-2021 Course Catalog
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