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Biology Department

What We Do:

We promote an engaging culture of excellence in teaching and research to ensure our students are active participants in the learning process.

Our goal is to transform our "students" into "scholars" who are deeply committed to the process of independent learning through inquiry. With one-on-one interaction with our faculty, our students gain in-depth experience in the process of science, learn laboratory techniques, as well as share in the excitement of scientific discovery.

How We Stand Out:

  • Small classes foster close collaboration between students and faculty.
  • Dynamic learning environment with accomplished professors whose enthusiasm for biology is infectious.
  • Laboratory courses in the new state-of-the art Loyola Science Center integrate independent research and inquiry.
  • Values-based education based on Jesuit principles. 
  • Mission to nurture students of competence, conscience and compassion.

Programs:

  • Biology - Biology is the study of the living world around us. It explores the structure and function of living organisms including animals, plants, bacteria and viruses. Through one-on-one interaction with our faculty, our students gain in-depth experience in the process of science, learn laboratory techniques, as well as share in the excitement of scientific discovery.
  • Physiology - Physiology is a branch of biology that focuses on the functions of organisms. Through interaction with our faculty, students receive robust foundations in anatomy and physiology and cellular and integrative physiology, as well as in cutting-edge investigational techniques that characterize modern day physiological research.

Meet Our Faculty:

The Biology faculty at The University of Scranton maintain a strong commitment to teaching and research excellence. They also are committed to making students active participants in the learning and research processes. As a result of our philosophy and of our small class sizes, our faculty become well acquainted with our students, and we encourage interested students to become involved in all aspects of faculty research.

In addition, faculty are involved in all aspects of campus life: academics, scholarship, student affairs, and other extracurricular activities.

For many faculty members, their passion for Biology stems from a personal experience that has shaped their scholarship. For example, Dr. Janice Voltzow grew up on the Florida Gulf Coast where she collected seashells during her childhood. Today, her research involves marine snails. You can read all about it here

It is fascinating to see the amazing diversity of animals, and to examine the different ways that animals function and the structures that enable these functions.

Dr. Janice Voltzow, Professor of Biology

Terrence Sweeney, Ph.D.

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Biology Chair; Physiology Program Director

Professor

B.A., Colgate University
M.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester

Phone: 570-941-7623
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Timothy Cadigan, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

B.S., St. Louis University
M.Div., Th.M. Weston School of Theology
M.S., Ph.D., Georgetown University

Phone: 570-941-4348
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Kathleen Dwyer, Ph.D.

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Professor

B.S., East Stroudsburg University
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

Phone: 570-941-6386
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Tara Fay, M.S.

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Faculty Specialist

B.S., University of Massachusetts
M.S., University of Colorado

Phone: 570-941-4395
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George Gomez, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

B.S., University of the Philippines
Ph.D., Boston University

Phone: 570-941-6355
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Michael Hardisky, Ph.D.

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Professor

B.S., Lebanon Valley College
M.S., Ph.D., University of Delaware

Phone: 570-941-7514
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Christopher Howey

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Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Delaware
M.S., University of Central Arkansas
Ph.D., Ohio University

Phone: 570-941-7544
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Gary Kwiecinski, Ph.D.

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Professor

B.S., Cornell University ��
M.S., Rutgers University
Ph.D., Cornell University

Phone: 570-941-6387
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Vincent Marshall, Ph.D.

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Faculty Specialist

B.S., Cornell University
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Phone: 570-941-5439
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Christine McDermott, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

B.A., California State University at Fresno
Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Phone: 570-941-7506
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Marc Seid, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

B.S., M.S., Brigham Young University
Ph.D., Boston University

Phone: 570-941-7970
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Anne Royer

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Assistant Professor

B.A., Oberlin College
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Phone: 570-941-7469
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Robert Smith, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

B.S., Alma College
M.S., Central Michigan University
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi

Phone: 570-941-6581
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Matthew Socha

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Assistant Professor

B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Georgia Regents University

Phone: 570-941-4076
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Jong-Hyun Son

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Assistant Professor

B.S., Dankook University, Korea
M.S., Western Illinois University
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Phone: 570-941-6216
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Maria Squire, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.S., Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Phone: 570-941-4742
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Michael Sulzinski, Ph.D.

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Professor

B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Cornell University

Phone: 570-941-4306
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Janice Voltzow. Ph.D.

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Professor

B.S., Yale University
Ph.D., Duke University

Phone: 570 941-4378
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Robert Waldeck, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

B.A., Lehigh University
M.P.A., University of Delaware
M.A., Ph.D., Temple University

Phone: 570-941-4324
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Natalie Wentz

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Lecturer

B.S., Keystone College
M.S., The University of Scranton

Phone: 570-941-6217
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Inside the Classroom

  • Rigorous academics
  • Project-based learning
  • Faculty-mentored research opportunities

Our small class sizes allow students close personal interaction with our faculty, allowing close collaboration in the learning environments and instruction directed towards the individual student.

Many of our laboratory courses integrate independent research and inquiry, allowing students to be active participants in the learning process.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in travel courses such as Tropical Biology, Philippine Tropical Organisms and Ecosystems and Extreme Physiology. There’s also the option to visit the marshes of Georgia and Louisiana in a weeklong trip during the laboratory portion of Estuarine Ecology.

Faculty-Mentored Student Research

We firmly believe that research is a critical and integral part of the educational process. The faculty of the Biology Department is deeply committed to involving students in their research endeavors.

Students work hand-in-hand with faculty collaborators. Students are also encouraged to attend and participate in local and national scientific meetings and conferences, allowing them to hone their scientific communication skills as well as network with other students and scientists from around the globe.

Research at the undergraduate level encourages students to apply their knowledge - it transforms them from ‘students’ into ‘scholars'.

George Gomez, Associate Professor of Biology

Career Outcomes:

You’ll find Scranton biology graduates working in diverse fields such as:

  • Healthcare (e.g., doctors, dentists, EMT)
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Government (e.g., USDA, US Fish & Wildlife, Game Commission)
  • Education (e.g., elementary, secondary, universities)
  • Biotechnology
  • Public utilities (e.g., water, power)

With our Jesuit educational philosophy of developing the “whole person,” we provide graduates with the flexibility to pursue opportunities in non-science related fields as well.  Here are examples of other occupations of recent graduates:

  • Law school
  • Management positions
  • Self-employed/start your own business
  • Writers 
  • Military service
  • Social services (for example, working with the City of Philadelphia)
  • Ecotourism travel agent/guide

For more information about what you can do with a Biology degree, click here