Biology

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 Coordinator

Ron S. Hutchison
Associate Professor of Biology
609.652.4727 | USC2 - 309
Ron.Hutchison@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!

Biology Alumni Highlights


Additional Information

Alumni Success

 

Curriculum

The Biology program welcomes all interested Stockton students. Early declaration of a Biology major is advisable. To be assigned a biology preceptor, students should see the Center for Academic Advising or the desired preceptor and file the declaration of major (or minor) and preceptor form available from the Center for Academic Advising. High school students preparing for a career in biology should take at least three years of college-preparatory mathematics, three years of college-preparatory science (especially chemistry), and four years of college-preparatory English. Computer skills are helpful, and a foreign language is also recommended.

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 Cgrade is not acceptable. Additionally, at least the Seminar (BIOL 4600) and the two elective courses must be taken at Stockton.

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.

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Adam A.
Aguiar

Assistant Professor of Biology
609.626.3823 | USC - 121

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Guy F.
Barbato

Associate Professor of Biology
609.652.4404 | USC  -121

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Matthew F.
Bonnan

Professor of Biology
609.626-5589 | USC2 - 312

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David
Burleigh

Associate Professor of 
Biology
609.652-4466 | USC 118
    

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Kevin
Coffey

Instructor of Biology
609.626.5564 | USC2- 110

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Lexi
Crisp

Visiting Professor 
of Biology
609.626.3126 | USC2 - 110.1

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Christina
Cummings

Assistant Professor 
of Biology / BCMB
609.652.4299 | USC - 117

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David
Furgione

Instructor of 
Biology / BCMB
609.652.4483 | USC 120
    

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Kelly
Hagberg

Visiting Assistant Professor 
of Biology
609.626.3161 | USC - 317

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Tim A.
Haresign

Assistant Professor
of Biology
609.652.4316 | USC2 - 313

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Tara L. 
Harmer-Luke

Professor of 
Biology / BCMB
609.652.4965 | USC - 114

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Nathaniel
Hartman

Associate Professor 
of Biology
609.626.3417 |  USC - 212
 

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Daniel
Hernandez

Associate Professor 
of Biology
609.626.3403 | USC 116

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Ron S.
Hutchison

Associate Professor 
of Biology
609.652.4727 | USC2 - 309

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Michael
Lague

Associate Professor 
of Biology
609.652.4746 | USC2 - 310

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Margaret E.
Lewis

Professor 
of Biology
609.652.4686 | USC2 - 311
 

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Michael
Law

Assistant Professor 
of Biology / BCMB
609.652.4471 | USC - 312

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Craig
Lind

Assistant Professor 
of Biology
609.652.4484 | USC2 - 308

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Walaa
Mousa

Visiting Professor 
of Biology
609.626.3188 | USC - 113

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Ekaterina G.
Sedia

Associate Professor 
of Biology
609.652.4569 | USC - 214
 

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Melanie
Schroer

Instructor of Biology
609.626.6872 | USC-318

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Peter F.
Straub

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences 
and Mathematics/ 
Professor of Biology / BCMB
609.652.4546 | USC - 240

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Steven
Shaak

Assistant Professor
of Biology
609.652.4247 | USC - 120

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Karen P.
York

Associate Professor 
of Biology / BCMB
609.652.4449 | USC - 313
 
 
 
 

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Melissa
Zwick

Assistant Professor 
of Biology
609.652.4700 | USC - 119
 
 

 

 

 

 

Colleen Brust

Colleen Brust,   Biology Adjunct Faculty

609.626.5668 |  USC1 - 211
Richard Colby

Richard Colby,   Biology Professor Emertius /Adjunct Faculty

609.652.4355 |  E-244C
Timothy Cummings

Timothy Cummings, Biology Adjunct Faculty

 609.626.5668
Elaine Francis

Elaine Francis, Biology Adjunct Faculty

609.626.5668
Dr. Andrea Garcia, M.D.

Dr. Andrea Garcia, M.D.,   Biology Adjunct Faculty

609.579.1835
Dr. George Hermann, M.D.

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

 609.626.5668
Diane Imburgio

Diane Imburgio, Biology Adjunct Faculty

 609.626.5668
Jessica Keen

Jessica Keen, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Melissa Laurino

Melissa Laurino, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Christine Lentz

Christine Lentz, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Kimberly Lull

Kimberly Lull, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Candice Ochs

Candice Ochs, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Susanne Poff

Susanne Poff, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Salmon Rahman

Salmon Rahman, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Keith Semler

Keith Semler, Biology Adjunct Faculty 

Tamar Spanier

Tamar Spanier, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Lena Usyk

Lena Usyk, Biology Adjunct Faculty

Tanya Usyk

Tanya Usyk, Biology Adjunct Faculty

 

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 553 to professional or graduate school, and several are now faculty members at major universities. Virtually all graduates report the need for frequent use of their writing and computer skills, suggesting that future graduates should take full advantage of Stockton’s writing program and opportunity for minors. Many graduates develop careers by combining their preparation in biology with expertise in computer science, library science, drawing, journalistic, creative or technical writing, environmental law, accounting, marketing, management, psychology, etc.