Students take a variety of required and elective courses in biology, other sciences, and in the Core Curriculum. In addition to traditional classroom lectures and discussion, the program in biology provides intellectual experiences in a diversity of formats such as: laboratory and field study, seminar, and research. Each experience provides the student the opportunity to develop skills in analysis, synthesis, and quantitative reasoning that have broad application in hypothesis testing, critical thinking, and interpretation.



The Department of Biology encourages undergraduate Majors to consider including a concentration on some focal area of biology. An important aspect of such concentration is taking courses in sequences that encourage and facilitate advanced learning about the particular subdiscipline.

Below are some focus areas that faculty members in the department recommend to undergraduate majors. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; we encourage students to develop their own individual focus plan, in consultation with their academic advisor, in cases where the subdisciplines listed here do not match student interests and goals.

  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology

Department of Biology
Mendel Hall Room 147 Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4830
Fax: 610.519.7863

Chair:  Dennis Wykoff, PhD
Asst Chair:  Vikram Iyengar, PhD