The mission of the biology program is to provide opportunities for students to develop as biologists and independent lifelong learners. The department attempts to meet the individual needs of students as well as provide academic challenges for those students considering advanced study in professional or graduate programs.


The program of specialization in biology aims to develop in students an appreciation for and knowledge of the fundamental biological principles and skills of biological techniques used in teaching on the secondary level, graduate study, biological research, medical technology, and in professional schools of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.

Students and Alumni

Biology graduates from Alvernia have pursued further study in podiatry, immunology, dentistry, optometry, and education. They are employed by such reputable companies and research facilities as Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories; GlaxoSmithKline; Carpenter Technology Corporation; Harvard University; Thomas Jefferson University; and The Graduate Hospital of Philadelphia; as well as by virtually every hospital in Berks County, and many in Lebanon, Lancaster, York, Pottsville, and Philadelphia. They serve society as physicians, dentists, teachers, pharmacists, research associates, and technologists

Contact Information

Rosemarie C. Chinni, Ph.D.
Science & Mathematics Department Chair
and Director of the Forensic Science Program

     Bernardine Hall 234

Student Perspective

"In chemistry, it's all about your lab technique. At Alvernia I learned how to do chemistry, correctly and efficiently. I learned to work at a quick pace and think ahead." -Jason Betz '08, Adpen Laboratories, Jacksonville, FL

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