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Department of Biology
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Welcome to Biology at Penn State

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Undergraduate Advising


248A Ritenour Building

University Park, PA 16802

814-865-2329 |

Walk-in Advising Hours: Fall 2019 

Monday through Friday: 1:00-3:00pm

Penn State's Biology curriculum is designed to help give you both the breadth and depth you'll need to understand modern biology at all levels of integration. Penn State is a top tier research institution; our faculty conduct research on a wide range of topics ranging from coral reef ecology to molecular evolution to the neurological basis underlying mental disorders.

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Biology Class

   Six options for Biology majors emphasize different aspects of the field, allowing a tailored experience based on specific interests.

  • General Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics & Developmental Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Biology
  • Vertebrate Physiology


Biology Diver

   Research experience will expand your understanding of what you learn in the classroom and strengthen your problem solving skills. Work with faculty members in the Department of Biology or one of our neighboring departments to research problems that affect society today including climate change, infectious diseases, evolutionary genomics, and more.