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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
  • Study the effects of human activity on biodiversity
  • Safeguard the natural world against environmental threats
  • Learn to teach biology to young minds
  • Research new treatments and advancements in biotechnology and health care
  • 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
Maria Gemmellaro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Renalison Farias-Pereira, 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
Evros Vassiliou, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Also: 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.

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Linda Yarfi Biology Student

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