Dec 09, 2022  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology (BIO)

264 William R. Murchie Science Building
(810) 762-3360
Fax: (810) 762-3310

Chair: Steven F. Myers
Administrative Support Staff:
Public Relations and Advising: Carly Byrne
Personnel/Course Scheduling: Denise M. Taft
Financial/Budget: Leigh Fletcher

Supervisor of Science Laboratories: Larry W. Atherton
Laboratory Services Coordinator: Kristin Striber
Laboratory Classroom Service Technician: Karmen Rucker

Professors: Steven F. Myers, Joseph F. Sucic; Associate Professors: Heather Dawson, Jerry D. Sanders; Assistant Professors: David M. Duriancik, Karmen Hollis-Etter, Frank Miskevich, Kevin L. Tang, Rebecca K. Tonietto, Jill C. Witt; Lecturer III/IV Faculty: Russell M. Cossaboom, Elizabeth A. Malinowski, Jennifer E. Miller, Jill A. Slater, Dennis P. Viele, Jr., Margaret L. Ware, Teresa A. Yoder-Nowak; Lecturer I/II Faculty: Anita Baxter-Blough, Ken Cabine, Dwayne Etter, Dania Habeck, Cindy Holzer, Earl Mayhew, Jon Morey, Danielle Harbin, Jacob Schumer, Melissa Starking-Szymanski, Ron Stamper, Nicole Yambrick.

Professor Emerita Jane Taylor; Associate Professor Emeritus Paul A. Adams; Associate Professor Emeritus Gary L. Pace.

Biology is the study of the organization and operation of life at cellular, organismal, and population levels. An understanding of biology leads to an appreciation of the complexity of the world of life and the role that human beings have within it. The department provides courses in biology that serve the needs of the general student as well as those specializing in the field. Students who concentrate in biology can design their programs to be the focus of a broad and liberal education, to prepare for graduate studies in a sub-discipline, or to obtain pre-professional training in medicine, dentistry, and other health-related fields.

Department Mission and Program Assessment

The mission of the Biology Department is to provide students with a broad knowledge base in biology and the skills necessary to be successful in attaining their chosen career goals. In addition to the factual content, students learn the historical basis, the social context, and the scientific methodology of each of the major conceptual areas of biology. The Department participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at

Programs in Biology

The department encourages undergraduate biology students to consider a minor or a double major with a program in another discipline.  However, students are not allowed to major in more than one biology program nor are they allowed to both major and minor in biology.

NOTE: Students who are seriously considering a biology program should consult with a biology advisor prior to registration for classes their first semester.