Gwynedd Mercy University offers a compelling mix of educational advantages you won’t find elsewhere, making it one of the top biology schools in Pennsylvania:
- Participate in our E-STEM Program. You may even be eligible for an E-STEM scholarship through GMercyU’s National Science Foundation grant.
- Gain experience through internship placements with companies like Johnson & Johnson and Emerson Diagnostic
- Complete an independent research project and take the Major Field Test in Biology prior to graduation
- Prepare for a competitive doctorate program admissions process
- Learn to teach others ─ through our School of Education, you can earn a Secondary Education Certification in Biology in accordance with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education requirements.
Research & Labs
GMercyU offers exciting learning experiences. Laboratories include a wide array of modern instrumentation and facilities for biology and chemistry, including thermal cyclers, electrophoresis equipment, and a research room with tissue culture hoods used for work in cell culture, just to name a few.
Every required course has a laboratory component, resulting in an experience that will help you stand out from other applicants when you apply to graduate programs or for jobs after graduation. Here, you have the chance to present research, contribute to publications, and even receive a financial stipend for summer research.
Examples of current research projects:
- Studying ecological and pathological effects of parasitic infections in freshwater fish
- Studying how the brain’s neuroimmune cells contribute to alcohol-induced brain dysfunction and degeneration
- Contributing to a continental research project focusing on the search for new antibiotics secreted by soil-dwelling bacteria
- Identifying bioactive molecules produced by bacteria and fungi
Gwynedd Mercy University Biology students worked on various research projects this summer. For example, they took taking fish samples from a local stream and evaluated different factors such as how the immune system reacts to pollution.
Invasion of the Sea Urchins
In GMercyU's Developmental Biology class, students gained hands-on experience by experimenting with live sea urchins. Students studied the process of fertilization by collecting gametes from the sea urchins and mixing the sperm and egg together.
GMercyU 2016 Commencement Student Speaker
Gwynedd Mercy Unviersity's 2016 Commencement Student Speaker and Biology student Sean Welch reflects on why he chose GMercyU to pursue his dreams. After graduation, Sean was accepted to medical school at Drexel University.
Forge Your Own Path
Students in the biology program are encouraged to explore careers that interest them. Alaina Shierk '17 plans to pursue a career in Nutrition after earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.