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Clarion University's Biology and Geoscience Department focuses on the physical world and the plants, animals and minerals that inhabit it. The department's majors zero in on different disciplines associated with these aspects of the world.


Office is located - 289 Science & Technology Center (STC)           OPEN:   8 am - 4 pm
Phone number
 +1 814 393 2273                                                        Fax number  +1 814 393 2731

Biology, the study of life, is currently in its most exciting era. Unique insights of new scientific pioneers fueled by modern research techniques are sparking an explosion of biological information. From these fragments emerge a picture of life revealing fascinating connections between molecules, cells, organisms, ecological systems, and evolution. Biologists explore these fundamental components and their connections to build a unified understanding of life.

Biologists at Clarion University are offering a major course of study leading to a bachelor of science degree in biology. The biology curriculum is scientifically rigorous yet flexible, offering student's choices and opportunities for pursuing their own areas of interest. Scientific training integrates modern laboratory methods and field experiences with traditional classroom instruction, providing excellent preparation for employment or graduate studies for future biologists, ecologists, health professionals, science educators, and many others.

The Biology major at Clarion University has 10 full-time faculty members.  There are four full-time faculty in the molecular biology/biotechnology program who specialize their research areas in a variety of biomedical areas. Furthermore, the biology department has five full-time faculty who specialize in a variety of ecological and environmental studies. Our School of Education also provides an excellent undergraduate education biology major. All of the faculty within the Biology Department have earned their Ph.D.s and research experience from some of the most prestigious universities in the United States and Europe.

The number of Biology faculty makes it possible to have expertise in nearly all of the enormously diverse fields which make up modern biology. Our large and diverse faculty, combined with the emphasis on teaching of a small school, gives students an excellent opportunity to realize their fullest academic potential.

To begin your biology or geosciences education, contact Admissions today.

     Degrees offered:

BIOLOGY FACULTY:      Dr. Suzanne Boyden -- Asst. Dean       Dr. Kurt Regester                                    
                                           Dr. Kristi Brzoza-Lewis                            Dr. Craig Scott
                                           Dr. Natasha Dias                                      Dr. Douglas Smith
                                           Mr. Joseph Fiedor                                     Dr. Jessica Thomas
                                           Dr. Helen Hampikan                                Dr. Andy Turner
                                           Dr. Andrew Keth                                       Mrs. Shannon Whitcomb
                                           Dr. David Lott


Office is located - 389 Science & Technology Center  (STC)               Open:  8 am - 4 pm
Phone number
  +1 814 393 2317                                                            Fax number  +1 814 393 2004

The component of the department is primarily concerned with the physical realm, and is covered by the disciplines of Geology, Environmental Geoscience, and the Geography Minor.

The Environmental Geoscience Program prepares the students for employment in a number of applied geoscience related fields.  The program includes many fundamental courses which emphasize practical understanding of earth science processes.  Four concentration areas allow students to tailor the degree to meet their individual interests and future career goals.  With growth of the energy and environmental industries in Western Pennsylvania, our graduates are sought after for important professional careers.  Potential careers in the industry/professional field are:  Professional Geologist, Petroleum Geologist, Geological Engineer, Hydrogeologist, Exploration Geologist, Environmental Geoscientist, Environmental Technician, GIS Technician, GIS Analysist, and GIS Developer.   Some positions in the regulatory/government field:  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania State Game Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Geological Survey.

The Geology Program prepares students for employment as professional or academic geologists.  The program is built around the fundamental courses of geology:  Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Structural Geology, and Stratigraphy & Sedimentary Petrology.   Our emphasis is on the practical understanding of geologic processes.  Again with this degree and with the growth of energy and environmental industries in Western Pennsylvania, our graduates are sought after for important professional careers.

Degrees offered:

GEOSCIENCE FACULTY:      Dr. Yasser Ayad                               Dr. Anthony Vega -- Chair                          
                                                 Dr. Sheila Kazar                               Dr. Craig Zamzow
                                                 Mr. Jacob Spuck



Office is located
- 389 Science & Technology Center (STC)                        Open:   8 am - 4 pm
Phone number  +1 814 393 2317                                                                    Fax number  +1 814 393 2004

Many people assume that Geography consists of memorizing place names on maps. Knowing where cities and natural features are located on the planet is but a tiny component of Geography. Instead, Geography is defined as the holistic study of the Earth and humans. The discipline seeks to understand the relationships between the physical world and human cultures. As such, a wide array of interrelated topics are explored as the development of individual human culture is highly affected by physical aspects such as climate, terrain, water resources, soils, and historical interactions with other cultures. Geography, therefore, explores many complex relationships between the physical and human worlds over time.

Geography is increasingly important as technology allows information sharing in an instantaneous fashion. Knowledge of other cultures and their historical development is critical towards eliminating conflict in addition to fostering future collaborations. Geographic Information Science is one means of bridging cultural gaps as this computer system is capable of analyzing huge volumes of physical and human data in a simultaneous manner.

     Degrees offered:

    Dr. Valentine James



Hannah McElrath

Hannah McElrath

"I hope to take the knowledge from my time in New Zealand to strive to make the U.S. as environmentally aware as New Zealand, whether that be on campus or through my career one day."

RJ Bouch

ronald "RJ" Bouch

"Earning a degree in my program (BS Molecular Biology/Biotechnology) was so much more than a knowledge-based degree."

Christian Schill

Christian schill

While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Schill attended the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists annual Conference and earned awards in the student presentations in cell and molecular biology research: first place in 2017 and second place in 2018.

Kurt Regester callout

Kurt Regester,ph.d.

Regester has published various scholarly articles and has even co-written scholarly articles with research students.

Last Updated 9/9/19