SENIOR Seventh Semester 2 Biology Research/BIOL 487-489 or Special Topics in Biology/ BIOL 490-495 8 Biology Electives (200-level or higher)# 3 General Electives† 3 Literature Series/LENG† 16
Eighth Semester 4-8 Biology Elective with lab (200-level or higher)# 6 General Electives† 3 Senior Seminar/LBST 383†
* Students interested in pursuing graduate school (M.S. or Ph.D. programs) are strongly encouraged to complete MATH 140 and MATH 213 to fulfill the math requirements. # Please refer to Gannon University’s Undergraduate Catalog for course options. Students must meet all pre-requisites and/or co-requisites to register for a course. Students must complete a total of 27 credits of biology electives (200-level or higher) to graduate with a B.S. in Biology. Please refer to the Biology Department’s policy on laboratories associated with upper level (BIOL 200-level) courses. Please refer to notes listed within curriculum matrix in the undergraduate catalog. † Please refer to Gannon University’s Undergraduate Catalog for course options.
FRESHWATER AND MARINE BIOLOGY CHRISTOPHER DEMPSEY, Ph.D., Program Director Gannon’s Freshwater and Marine Biology major is one of only 61 such programs in the entire country and one of the only majors of its kind in the Great Lakes region. The major provides students with coursework and hands-on experience to prepare them for employment or graduate training in the field of aquatic science. Our location on the shore of Lake Erie makes Gannon an ideal place to study aquatic systems. Presque Isle Bay, the eastern Basin of Lake Erie, and the many tributary streams that flow into the lake are natural laboratories for Gannon faculty and students. With 25% of the earth’s surface fresh water, 10% of the United States’ population, and 30% of Canada’s population, the Great Lakes basin is an internationally valuable resource that requires better understanding, monitoring, and restoration. As water resources become more in demand, the need for aquatic scientists is expected to grow. The combination of biological and environmental science perspectives, along with coursework in chemistry, physics, and mathematics provides students in the Freshwater and Marine Biology major broad and practical exposure to factors that influence aquatic ecosystems. Although the curriculum for the major is quite directed or prescribed, students have the ability to choose among numerous upper-level electives in water-related courses to personalize their degree. Students in the Freshwater and Marine Biology major also have a great number of opportunities for field internships with agencies and organizations such as Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Erie County Board of Health, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Regional Science Consortium, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Many of these groups have offices in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center located at the foot of Presque Isle and all of them are located within miles of campus.