Why Choose Nazareth for Biology?

Since Anton van Leeuwenhoek first observed the microorganism in the 17th century, biology has played a role in some of the greatest discoveries in history. Today, the field is multidimensional, offering promising careers in medicine, ecology, agriculture, sports fitness, genetics, research, biotechnology, and industry, to name a few. The study of life on earth is as varied as life itself.

At Nazareth College, students are mentored by biologists who assist them in the understanding of biology's basic principles, discoveries, and theories. They learn how to develop the habits of a biologist—accurate observation, measurement, and analysis. Students are also encouraged to think independently, and learning becomes less structured as they progress through the program.

All biology majors participate in independent research as a capstone project, and many students do field work and internships. For example, a pre-medical student recently completed an internship in Berlin, Germany working at a center on epilepsy research.

Program Highlights

  • An award-winning faculty, including recent recipients of National Science Foundation grants to study plant growth and to purchase state-of-the-art physiology equipment.
  • State-of-the-art technology at our new Peckham Hall, including PCR and electrophoretic equipment, digital imaging, and GPS systems.
  • Special community projects and partnerships such as Science Days at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Science Olympiad at local schools, internships to study abroad, and the Nazareth College greenhouse.
  • Excellent pre-medical, pre-veterinary, and pre-dental programs. Students in Nazareth's biology degree program go on to graduate school, or immediately begin careers in science teaching, laboratory research, or industry.

Contact Information

Carol E. Roote

Carol E. Roote

Associate Professor & Chair in Biology
Peckham Hall 105

Education: Ph.D., University of Rochester (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology); M.S., University of Rochester (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology); B.S., Grove City College (Biology)

Teaching and Research Interests: Developmental biology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics.

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DNA diagram for the biology degree program, biology major, at Nazareth College Rochester, NY

Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Tychostup '09

University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

“Dr. Witz took a lot of pride in the way he ran his classes and his labs. He challenged students in a fair way and helped us get a strong grip on basic science.”

Example Careers

  • Biologist
  • M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.O.
  • Environmental analyst
  • Forensic pathologist
  • Geneticist
  • Toxicologist

Undergraduate Research Topics

  • Cell structure and function, both 2D and 3D microscopy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Toxicology and phytoremediation
  • Animal energetics and digestive function
  • Animal developmental biology
  • Stream ecology and GPS

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Washington VA Medical Center

Partnership with New York Chiropractic College

Students have the opportunity to receive guaranteed admission to NYCC and a $1,500 merit scholarship. Learn more »