Biology (B.A., B.S., minor)


Turning Phages on a New Science Course

Assistant Professor of Biology Kristen Butela, Ph.D., is teaching the new Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science in Education Alliance phages course at Seton Hill.

Read more in the Forward Magazine.

Faculty and Students Publish Paper on Bacteriophage Research 

Internship at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Supports Career Goals for Biology Major Karlee Criado (SHU ’15)

 “The 12 week-long internship experience at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. exceeded all of my expectations. The experience was very crossfunctional in the sense that I not only worked as the review chemist intern alongside senior review chemists, but I was also able to help make a difference in the community with the United Way, learn from Mylan's top professionals during "Brunch ’n Learns," and participate in an exclusive marketing challenge for the EpiPen product during the Idea Summit 2014.  I was able to not only see many of the laboratory skills I have learned at Seton Hill put into action, but I was also able to understand why these techniques are so important on a larger scale in order to ensure that all of Mylan's products are safe and effective for those who need them most. The overall internship experience confirmed for me my future in the pharmaceutical industry, and also left me extremely excited and motivated to begin my career following graduation." 

Biology majors at Seton Hill are encouraged to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence and solve problems. Whether you choose to pursue a medical career, work in a research field or become a teacher, you will learn how living things work, how they interact with one another and how they evolve.


Our experienced Ph.D. faculty will provide you with individualized attention in the classroom and the labs, and will also help to advise you as you make decisions about your future.


Because laboratory courses are small, you will do more than just watch experiments - you will perform them yourself, using the same sophisticated laboratory equipment that your professors use.

Research Opportunities

As an upperclassman, you'll have the opportunity to take part in ongoing research, both here on campus and through research internships at universities and institutions across the country.

Right here at Seton Hill:

  • Biology students are doing research through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance’s PHAGES (Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) project. 
  • A group of student researchers, led by faculty members in chemistry and biology, just completed a multi-year study on the response of individuals with deficiencies in DNA repair pathways to potential toxins. This opportunity came as a result of a Seton Hill contract with IMS Government Solutions, the Department of Defense, and the United States Air Force.

Recent science and health majors at Seton Hill have also participated in research projects at the Mayo Clinic (cell biology), Ohio State University (HIV) and Johns Hopkins University (prostrate cancer).

Earn a Medical Degree in Only Seven Years, Right Here on the Hill

Our unique cooperative degree program with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) at Seton Hill enables qualifying pre-med freshmen majoring in biology to reserve a seat in a medical school right here on our campus - and to earn both an undergraduate degree AND a medical degree in as little as seven years.

Would You Like to Be a Biology Teacher?

If you plan to teach biology, you can also complete the educational requirements for your teaching certification in biology at Seton Hill. 

Fast Forward to an MBA

Through the FastForward Bachelor’s to Master’s Program, biology majors can earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at Seton Hill in five years!