Department of Biology

Welcome to the Department of Biology at Villanova University!  

Villanova’s Department of Biology, housed in the Mendel Science Center, comprises 21 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, along with additional instructors, adjunct faculty members, visiting faculty members, and post-doctoral fellows, all supported by skilled and dedicated staff. Our teaching efforts focus on an outstanding undergraduate program, graduating about 80 majors each year, as well as excellent graduate programs at the Masters level. We pride ourselves in offering opportunities for students at all levels to make significant contributions to all phases of laboratory and field investigation. A degree in biology from Villanova allows pursuit of a wide range of careers in medicine and the allied health sciences, research, teaching, environmental science, and industry. 

As a member of this vibrant learning and research community, you examine the integration and diversity of living systems from the subcellular to the ecosystem levels, reach an understanding of fundamental biological principles and processes, and develop technical and problem solving skills that have broad application.


  • Now hiring two tenure track faculty positions: EUKARYOTIC MOLECULAR BIOLOGY and MICROBIAL INTERACTIONS. See descriptions and Villanova FAQ.
  • Geneticist Receives $560,959 Grant from NSF
  • Villanova's WETFEET Project featured on PBS.
  • Villanova University Biologists’ Study Determines Cause and Effects of Sea Urchin Bioerosion on Temperate Rocky Reefs
  • Villanova University Biology Professor and Her Students Discover Lesser-Known Gene Associated with Breast Cancer

Learn More

Learn more about the Biology Department offerings by downloading the following files:



* 2019 SrThesis Colloquium flyer.pdf
2019 Senior Thesis Colloquium

Program Offerings

Undergraduate Offerings
B.S. in Biology
Minor in Biology
Five-Year B.S./M.S. in Biology

Graduate Offerings
M.A. in Biology
M.S. in Biology
Graduate Certificates

Prospective Students:
Would you like to speak with a biology professor during your tour of campus?  Please consult this online calendar and send an email to Dr. Phil Stephens to setup a mutually convenient appointment. 

Contact Information

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

Chair:  Dr. John Olson
Asst Chair:  Dr. Vikram Iyengar
Graduate Program Director:  Dr. Anil Bamezai