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120

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40

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At Siena Heights, you are part of an extended family that meets regularly inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to hands-on collaborative learning, students also gather regularly for field trips, special lectures, community projects, or simply to study. SHU biology graduates have a 95 percent acceptance rate into medical, chiropractic, podiatric, veterinary, and graduate school. 

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“You don’t go to college to learn “things,” you go to learn how to learn. The faculty at Siena do a tremendous job of teaching more than facts; they teach you how to seek knowledge.”

Dr. Lacey Wilmot Rao, ’02

Orthopedic surgeon, Arizona Community Surgeons

Tucson, Ariz.

Dr. Lacey Wilmot Rao, '02

Learn what the Siena Effect can do for you.

At Siena Heights, you are part of an extended family that meets regularly inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to hands-on collaborative learning, students also gather regularly for field trips, special lectures, community projects, or simply to study. 

Working with faculty mentors, students conduct meaningful field and/or lab research with data analysis. Siena Heights University biology students have won numerous national research awards over the past few years.

SHU biology graduates have a 95 percent acceptance rate into medical, chiropractic, podiatric, veterinary, and graduate school. 

The Biology department offers its students unique and distinguishing opportunities:

  • As early as freshman year, Siena Heights University students can gain early acceptance into medical, dental, or pharmacy school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • In partnership with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, biology students explore a 7-acre field site to learn permaculture (permanent-agriculture), an ethical design system for land use that emphasizes sustainability, integration, and cooperation with natural systems.
  • First-year students can join faculty-led research teams, such as our Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) group research project.

Where your educational journey leads you depends in part on where you start. In the Biology department, our approach to education, which combines a supportive community learning environment with a broad spectrum of challenging courses, in-depth lab and field experiences, and intensive research projects, has successfully prepared our graduates for their future careers.

 


Jun Tsuji
Professor of Biology; Chair of the Division of Computing, Mathematics, and the Sciences
jtsuji@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7649
Milson Luce
Associate Professor of Biology
mluce@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7636
Thomas Wassmer
Associate Professor of Biology
twassmer@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7637

Successful high school graduates entering SHU who satisfy Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s admission criteria will be offered a provisional acceptance to LECOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, or School of Pharmacy program. After graduation from SHU, the student will then matriculate to LECOM.


  • The biology curriculum includes innovative and engaging coursework, including ecological kayaking trips on Cedar Lake and hikes through 400-year-old Gall Woods Old Growth Forest, and are led by outstanding professors such as three-time Rice Outstanding Teaching Award-winner Dr. Carl Kaster.
  • The biology program offers its majors select opportunities through its affiliated partners, including early acceptance into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s medical, dental, or pharmacy schools. Finally, majors can study sustainable agricultural practices at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ permaculture site.
  • Working with faculty mentors, students can conduct scientific research and data analysis. SHU biology students include 29 TriBeta regional award winners and two national research champions.

Siena Heights University biology students are eligible for hundreds of paid research internships supported by the National Science Foundation. These summer research opportunities allow small groups of students to work in research programs at various host institutions.

Siena Heights University biology majors have interned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Colorado State University, and Indiana University, for instance. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Local internships and co-ops are also possible.

Former SHU biology students Maria Butler and Joseph Lemanski were awarded summer research internships. Butler conducted her research in Turkey studying the responses of the European honeybees to different odors, including alcohol. Lemanski spent his summer in Texas examining the effects of the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill on the deep-water organisms in the Gulf of Mexico.


Careers related to biology include:

  • Anatomist
  • Animal behaviorist
  • Biochemist
  • Cell biologist
  • Chiropractor
  • College professor
  • Dentist
  • Ecologist
  • Editor of scientific publications
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental biologist
  • Evolutionary biologist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • High school teacher
  • Limnologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopath
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Physiologist
  • Plant biologist
  • Podiatrist
  • Science writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Virologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Zoologist

The Xi Omega chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Society is a campus club dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study through the stimulation of scholarships, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the promotion of biological research.

Members of the Xi Omega chapter of TriBeta attend professional conferences, host speakers, and participate in community projects.


Costs & Aid

We know that college can be expensive, but we don’t want cost to keep you from attending Siena Heights University! We offer numerous financial aid opportunities. Federal aid is available to students who qualify by completing the FAFSA. Feel free to contact us with questions about financial aid opportunities, or click on one of the links below.