Pitt-Johnstown Biology

The Biology Department of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown prepares students for several health professions, various graduate programs, or environmentally focused studies.


Our students' 97.8% acceptance rate into medical school and 100% acceptance rates into dental and podiatry schools are evidence of the quality of the program and expertise of the dedicated faculty. 

Students majoring in biology can choose from two options: a traditional concentration or a terrestrial ecology concentration. Both programs offer a contemporary biology curriculum emphasizing substantial laboratory work and/or field experience.

  • The traditional track provides excellent preparation for entry into medical school, dental school, and other health fields; it also prepares students for advanced study in biological sciences and related career areas
  • The terrestrial ecology track focuses on the fast-growing field of environmental evaluation and management

In collaboration with the Education Division, the department offers courses toward a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education -- biology, and certification to teach high school biology.

One of the many distinctive features of the biology program is the opportunity to gain real-world experience through our strong undergraduate research program. In addition to faculty-mentored research, students benefit from a collaboration with the Windber Research Institute (WRI). At WRI, students are working alongside scientists to research topics including genetics and prostate cancer in African American men. Many students present their research projects at national conferences and publish their findings in professional journals. The annual Symposium for the Promotion of Academic and Creative Enquiry (SPACE), provides students with another opportunity to showcase their research findings.  

The department is housed in two locations: the east wing of Krebs Hall is home to faculty offices and teaching and research laboratories; and additional teaching laboratories are located in the Nursing and Health Sciences Building.

Rebecca Webb, PhD
Department Chair