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What You Learn

You can pursue a variety of options through the biology program at Kean.

Our bachelor of arts degree option trains students to teach or provides the foundation of a health-related career path.

The bachelor of science option is ideal for students looking to pursue advanced graduate or professional degrees within the areas of biotechnology, molecular biology, biomedical research, microbiology and medicine.

  • Understand cells and how communities of organisms live together
  • Research the effects of human activity on biodiversity
  • Safeguard the natural world against environmental threats
  • Learn to teach biology to young minds
  • Practice new treatments and advancements in biotechnology and healthcare
  • Evaluate, plan and administer treatment programs for patients

You can also take biology courses at Kean Ocean in Toms River.


Salvatore Coniglio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Carisa Davis, Ph.D., Lecturer
Patrick Field, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Maria Gemmellaro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Lucas Kirby, Ph.D., Lecturer
Brenna Levine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Laura Lorentzen, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Nancy Lafleur, Ph.D., Lecturer
Sara Maass-Meyer, Lecturer
Sasmita Mishra, Ph.D., Lecturer
Matther Niepielko, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Maria Shumskaya, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Kim Spaccarotella, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Adriana Tagliaferro, Ph.D., Lecturer

Also: Evros Vassiliou, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Jesus Ballesteros Chavez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Assistant Professor; Kerrylynn Konecny, Lecturer; Rongsun Pu, D.Phil, Associate Professor; Kristie Reilly, Ph.D., Professor; Cecil "Jake" Saunders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Roxie James, Ph.D., Subasinghe Dias, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Xiaobo Yu, Ph.D., Professor

Program Options:

B.A. in Biology (Available In-Person & Online)

B.S. in Biology | Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology falls under the School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences.

B.A. in Biology | Dual Certification, Teacher of Students with Disabilities and K-12

B.A. in Biology | Teacher Certification, K-12

B.S. in Biology | Cell and Molecular Biology

B.S. in Biology | Forensic Option

B.S. in Biology | Health Professions Track

Concentrations for Pre-Med, Pre-DPT, Pre-PA and Pre-OT students.

Curriculum Sheets and 4-Year Plans

Contact Us

Department Chair: Laura Mackey Lorentzen, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Office Location: George Hennings Science Bldg, Room C-124
Phone: (908) 737-3661
Dept. Office is staffed Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also available

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Kean students are exposed to the best opportunities available. Each student leaves having confidence that the education they have received will be of benefit in the future."

Linda Yarfi '18
Grants recipient, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and Emerging Researchers National Conference
Linda Yarfi Biology Student

The Classroom and Beyond

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere, and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

The Dorothy and George Hennings College of Science, Mathematics and Technology buildings

I am very grateful to all the professors who helped, encouraged and taught me what I needed to follow my dreams. I cherish all the memories I made on campus."

Shivani Shah '17
Pharm.D. student at Appalachian College of Pharmacy
Shivani Shah Biology Student

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