Biological Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Biology! The academic programs in our Department prepare students for the workplace, as well as graduate work in medical and other professional schools.

  • Our Academic Programs
  • Our Faculty

    Currently, there are 16 faculty members in the Department of Biology and their areas of expertise include genetics, immunology, microbiology, physiology, plant pathology & taxonomy, animal behavior, cecidology, cell biology, conservation biology, developmental biology, entomology, evolution, herpetology, marine biology, ornithology, parasitology, restoration ecology, systematics, and virology.  Our faculty are active members of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists, and our students have the opportunity to conduct original research on a diversity of topics working with our faculty.  You can learn more about our faculty research interests here.

  • Our Facilities

    The Department of Biology is housed in the Boehm Science Center where Biology students enjoy access to smart classrooms, teaching labs, and seminar rooms.  In addition, there are faculty-student research labs, a computer/digital imaging lab, a marine science complex that includes a marine aquarium room, a greenhouse, as well as multiple student study areas and lounges.  Furthermore, Biology students and faculty conduct research at the University's Ronald R. Rhein Environmental Study Area, which is a 23-acre preserve composed of several different habitats and is located on university property adjacent to the campus.  The Department of Biology also has a formal cooperative program with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station at Wallops Island, Virginia.

  • Our student internships

    Biology students are encouraged to pursue internships at off-campus sites such as Merck & Co., Lehigh Valley Hospital, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia Zoo, Hawk Mountain, Rodale Institute, Wildlands Conservancy, Berks Nature, as well as smaller private health care provider facilities.  Many internships can be done for course credit (BIO 390).

  • Our student organizations

    Biology students have opportunities to participate in any of the various student organizations that exist on campus.  Some of the organizations our students are actively engaged in include:

    Biology Club
    Botany Club
    Environmental Action Club
    Health Careers Society
    Future Physicians Club
    Marine Science Club
    Pre-Veterinary Club
    Kutztown Women in Science Club

  • Our Program Coordinators

    If you are interested in Biology and would like to consider Kutztown University as your university, please contact us and visit.  Some important points of contact include:

    Dr. Christopher Sacchi, Chair, (610) 683-4308, Email

    Dr. Julie Palkendo, Coordinator of Environmental Science, (610) 683-4442, Email

    Dr. Daniel Aruscavage, (610) 683-4315, Co-Chair of the Pre-Medical Committee, Email

    Dr. Matthew Stone, (484) 646-5844, Co-Chair of the Pre-Medical Committee, Email

    Dr. Adrienne Oakley, Coordinator of Marine Science, (484) 646-4334, Email

    Mrs. Chris Ferris, Department Secretary, (610) 683-4307,Email