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Biological & Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Why Keystone?

Challenge yourself and choose from a variety of professional careers with the Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics Department at Keystone College! Through research and hands-on learning with faculty and industry leaders, students can discover and develop talents that will prepare them for careers while receiving a well-rounded education.

student to faculty ratio


of students receive financial aid.

Amazing opportunities—on campus and beyond

Learn more about our department degrees:

Allied Health Programs:
--Pre–Medical Technology, AS

--Pre–Nursing, AS
--Pre–Occupational Therapy/Pre-Respiratory Care, AS
--Pre–Radiotherapy/Pre-Medical Imaging/Ultrasound, AS
Biology Minor

Chemistry Minor
Environmental Science, BS
Environmental Science Minor
Environmental Studies, AA
Forensic Biology Minor
General Biology, BS

Health Sciences, BS
--Pre-Physician Assistant
Mathematics Minor
Microbiology, BS
Pre-Physical Therapy, BS
Public Health, BS
Public Health Minor
Wildlife Biology, AS
Wildlife Biology, BS
Wildlife Biology, MS

Environmental students doing field work


Participate in a foundational experience focused in the biological sciences through extensive classroom instruction, guided laboratory experiences, and independent research experiences.

Chemistry degree Student Does Research In A Lab


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships such as: Geisinger Health Systems, UPMC, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Pfizer.

Chemistry degree student Jacob Magdon


Students in science clubs participate in individual projects and observe group demonstrations, and attend various conferences and excursions.

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“Without Keystone College, I wouldn’t be where I am today. My advice for current students is to recognize and appreciate the advantages of the tight-knit community that Keystone offers, along with all the faculty and staff who are rooting for your success.”

Victoria Homfield
Class of 2019

Our Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics Faculty

Learn more about them.

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Professor of Physical Science   
Nicole Diette, PhD

Nicole Diette, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological & Physical Sciences
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Patricia Bederman Miller, PhD

Patricia Bederman Miller, PhD

Professor of Mathematics  
John B. Minora

John B. Minora

Instructor of Chemistry
Youyu Phillips, PhD

Youyu Phillips, PhD

Professor of Mathematics  
Patrick M. Ratchford, PhD

Patrick M. Ratchford, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mathematics  
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botany