Sunday, March 19, 2017

BAHS welcomes Dr. George Croll

Dr. George Croll
BAHS is pleased to welcome back Dr. George Croll this semester. Dr. Croll is teaching Concepts in Biology 1 as part of the STEM Magnet program. Dr. Croll is a Pennsylvania native, currently living in Zion  Grove PA. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Boomsburg Univrsity and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in  marine animal behavior.He has taught at Pocono Mountain School District, Bloomsburg University, East Stroudsburg University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has conducted research at Wallops Island, VA,  Hunting Island, SC and Dauphin Island, AL. In his spare time he enjoys bicycling, scuba diving, motorcycling, hiking, traveling, and constructing theater sets.

BAHS offers new Combined 3 + 2 Accelerated Master's Program.

Why Bloomsburg University’s Accelerated Program leading to both a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Biology in only 5 years is very good for students.

The Master of Science Degree is rapidly becoming the professional working degree in Biology.  Professional biologists work in positions such as Microbiologist, Zoologist, Wildlife Biologist, Biological Technician, to highlight but a few of the diverse job opportunities.  Although the US Department of Labor (2012) list a Bachelor's Degree as the minimum qualification for entry-level positions in these fields, they quickly amend this to state that many positions expect a Master's Degree, and that a Master's Degree is universally expected to advance in these professions.  The professions named above are expected to experience better than average growth, adding ca. 23,600 new jobs to a 2012 base of ca. 210,400 jobs, for an 11% projected growth during the decade following 2012.  The US Department of Labor (2012) reports median pay for jobs in these areas ranges from $39,750 to $66,260 per year.  However, to enter and advance in these jobs generally requires training beyond the baccalaureate.  To be competitive, professional biologists often need more laboratory and field experience, and a greater diversity of areas of competence, than can easily be encompassed in a traditional 4-year undergraduate program.  Answering the growing need for advanced graduate-level preparation for students pursuing careers as technicians, laboratory managers, research assistants, and etc., Bloomsburg Universoty’s Accelerated Combined Bachelor's and Master's curriculum in Biology implements a focused career development tract emphasizing the development of a broad diversity of advanced laboratory, field, and career skills.  A seamless progression of coursework, culminating in both a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree affords students the opportunity to pursue graduate work early in their academic career, and allows them to enter the job market with the credentials most likely to allow them to secure a position and advance in their career.  Pursuing these credentials in a traditional, stand-alone Bachelor's and Master of Science degree programs would require a minimum of 6 years of study.  In contrast, the Accelerated Program in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences can be completed in only 5 years.

BAHS Summer College Offerings

Summer College at BU is a great opportunity to catch up or get ahead. Here are the Summer College offerings from the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences:

Session 2: May 22 to June 30, 2017
Biology 103    Biodiversity and Conservation, Dr. Corbin
Biology 114    Concepts in Biology 1, Dr. Surmacz, lecture; Dr. Nolt, laboratory
Biology 173    Anatomy and Physiology 1, Dr. Surmacz, lecture, Dr. Venditti, Laboratory
Biology 200    Dendrology, Dr. Chamuris (June 12 through
Biology 205    Introduction to Nutrition, Dr. Hess, online
Biology 242   Microbiology, Dr. Kipe-Nolt
Biology 343   Immunology, Dr. Brubaker

Session 3: July 3 to August 11, 2017
Biology 100     Cells, Genes and Molecules, Dr. Chamuris
Biology 174     Anatomy and Physiology 2, Dr. Hess, lecture; Dr. Coleman laboratory
Biology 205     Introduction to Nutrition, Dr. Hess, online

BAHS Fall 2017 electives

Electives are a great opportunity to pursue an area of interest, explore a new area, or prepare for future careers. Not sure which electives to take? Be sure to consult you curriculum sheet and talk to your academic advisor.

Biology 211             Invertebrate Zoology, Dr. Klinger
Biology 233             Human Genetics, Dr. Chamuris
Biology 253             Freshwater Biology, Dr. Rier
Biology 332             Genetics, Dr. Ardizzi
Biology 333             Molecular Biology, Dr. Davis
Biology 334             Molecular Biology Lab, Dr. Brubaker
Biology 364             Vertebrate Histology, Dr. Corbin
Biology 421(521)     Ecosystem Management, Dr. Rier
Biology 430 (530)    Evolution, Dr. Chamuris
Biology 445              Pharmacology for Hlth Sci, Dr. Schwindinger
Biology 474              Human Physiology, Dr. Coleman
Biology 476(576)     Neurophysiology, Dr. Coleman

Biology 479, Integrated Physiology Lab is also offered.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Juniors and Seniors: Applications for the Till Physiology Award are due March 27

Margaret Till Physiology Award Information
·         junior or senior majoring in Biological or Allied Health Sciences in the Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences
·         successful completion of at least one senior physiology lecture course and Integrated Physiology Lab  OR currently enrolled in a physiology lecture course and Integrated Physiology Lab.  Physiology lecture courses are: Human Physiology (Biology 474), Plant Physiology (Biology 477), Animal Cell Physiology (Biology 472), and Comparative Animal Physiology (Biology 480.)
·         graduating in Spring 2017, Summer 2017, or Fall 2017.
Amount of award:  $250.00Requirements:
·         Application Form.
·         Students who are currently in physiology and integrated physiology lab must also submit a Grade Report Form.
·         Recommendation: one letter of recommendation from any of your physiology professors.  Please have your professor seal the recommendation in an envelope and sign across the seal. Professors will be provided with recommendation forms.
·         Essay: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF YOUR APPLICATION. Please write a 350 to 500 word essay which describes the role of physiology in your future career. Use your required physiology lecture course and IPL as your starting point.  You are encouraged to meet with a faculty member to discuss your essay. Submit the essay in electronic form to  Type Till Award Essay in the subject box.
Due Date: All materials are due by Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5 p.m. Submit the application form, sealed recommendation letter, and grade report form (if applicable) in an envelope to Dr. Surmacz, 146 Hartline. Submit the essay electronically to 

Evaluation of Applications:  The essay, recommendation, and grade are weighted 3:2:1 in the selection of the winner. Information: Guidelines and applications are available from your physiology professor or Dr. Surmacz, 146 Hartline. Review and evaluation will be done by Dr. Till and the Outstanding Student Committee.  Committee decisions are final; an award may not necessarily be given.