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General Biology, B.S.

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General Biology Degree

Prepare for a career in medicine, dentistry, chiropractic and more through rigorous classroom and research experience.

Why Study General Biology?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Participate in a foundational experience focused in applied aspects of scientific theory through extensive classroom instruction, guided laboratory experiences, and independent research experiences.
  • Engage with faculty and peers through research experiences, the senior seminar, and capstone research projects, and present your work at the annual research symposium and regional and national conferences.
  • Learn about analytical instrumentation like end point and real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Infrared Spectroscopy, Ultra-violet Spectroscopy, Capillary Electrophoresis, DNA Sequencing, & ICP-OES.
  • Gain hands-on analytical and instrumental experience studying biological systems.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 92% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.


Dr. Jessica Faux
Program Director for General Biology

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Program Goals

  • Demonstrate competency in specific content knowledge.
  • Apply the scientific method to address specific scientific problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in laboratory skills, laboratory safety, and laboratory technology.
  • Demonstrate competency in academic technology, including but not limited to writing technology, analysis technology, presentation technology, and bioinformatics technology.
  • Evaluate and articulate the outcome of research and laboratory experiments.
  • Apply mathematical formulas to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative scientific data.
  • Design and implement an original research study; collect and analyze data; and draw conclusions based on data collected.

Successful Giant: Victoria Homfield '19

Victoria Homfeld

“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.”

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What can I do with a biology degree?

The rigorous biology program can lead to a number of rewarding careers, as well as graduate or medical school.  You will be prepared for graduate studies or careers in science, medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, physician’s assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, and biochemistry.

Pre Medical Biology Concentration At Keystone College

Career Options

  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist 
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Research Scientist


  • Geisinger
  • Merck
  • National Institute of Health
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • USDA
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From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

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


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

Explore the sciences, including biology at Keystone College
Undergraduate geology student holds undergraduate research award,


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

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Featured Faculty

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
Jessica Faux, PhD

Jessica Faux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
John B. Minora

John B. Minora

Instructor of Chemistry
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botany
Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health and Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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