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2011-2012 University Catalog 
    
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences


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Mission

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is as follows:

Education

  • Provide basic biology courses for all programs and majors.
  • Educate majors in biology, environmental science, and microbiology in advanced undergraduate subjects using techniques to promote critical thinking, creative problem solving, and lifelong learning.
  • Offer opportunities for qualified individuals to pursue graduate studies in the fields of cell biology, molecular biology, and biotechnology at the levels of the master’s (non-thesis and thesis) and doctorate degree using techniques to promote critical thinking, creative problem solving, and lifelong learning.
  • Promote biological literacy at basic and advanced levels in keeping with the mission of the University.

Research

  • Conduct basic and applied research and other scholarly work for the purpose of advancing knowledge and education in biological sciences.
  • Disseminate the results of our research and scholarly work through publication in scientific journals and presentation to professional groups.
  • Provide undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly opportunities as a framework for the study of biological sciences.
  • Provide an environment that is conducive to scientific and educational research.

Service

  • Provide service to the University, alumni, schools, and community.
  • Provide service to professional organizations.

Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences provides the academic, intellectual, and practical foundation upon which all USciences students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to establish a strong biological sciences career.

Through basic biology courses and laboratory experiences, all students at USciences:

  • Learn fundamental concepts in biological sciences.
  • Learn to apply scientific reasoning.
  • Appreciate their discipline from a biological perspective.

The department educates undergraduate majors in advanced biology, environmental science, and microbiology using techniques to promote critical thinking, creative problem solving, and lifelong learning. Graduates with a major in the biological sciences will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in state-of-the-art methods and techniques used in analytical and problem-solving approaches to current problems, concerns, and questions that must be addressed through scientific inquiry.
  • Interpret primary source scientific publications in the biological sciences, integrating fundamental concepts of chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
  • Incorporate scientific information into well-constructed, valid written documents and oral presentations.
  • Recognize relevant socioethical perspectives in the context of the biological sciences through a strong and balanced general education experience.

The department provides students with research experience as a framework for the study of biological sciences. All undergraduate majors in the Department of Biological Sciences in good academic standing who express a desire to perform investigative research can do so. These opportunities allow students to:

  • Gain experience in the use of modern laboratory techniques and equipment.
  • Construct valid experimental designs.
  • Demonstrate familiarity in analytical and problem-solving approaches to hypothesis testing.
  • Write scientific communications for presentation in public forums or publication.

USciences has articulation agreements with Camden County College, Penn State University-Brandywine, and Montgomery County Community College to facilitate earning BS degrees in biology and microbiology after two years of study at the other school. In addition, articulations exist to facilitate USciences biology and microbiology students to earn degrees in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary sciences at selected schools. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Biological Sciences or from the dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty

Peter B. Berget
BS, PhD (Minnesota)
Professor of Biological Sciences
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Phone: 215.596.7417
E-mail: p.berget@usciences.edu

Tilman Baumstark
MS, PhD (Heinrich-Heine University, Germany)
Associate Professor of Biology
Research Assistant Professor of Biophysics
Phone: 215.596.7531
E-mail: t.baumst@usciences.edu

Ara DerMarderosian
BS, MS (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); PhD (Rhode Island)
Professor of Pharmacognosy
Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Phone: 215.596.8915
E-mail: a.dermar@usciences.edu

James R. Johnson
BS (Auburn); PhD (Duke)
Associate Professor of Biology
Coordinator, BS in Microbiology 
Phone: 215.596.8521
E-mail: j.johnso@usciences.edu

Margaret R. Kasschau
BA (Rochester); MS, PhD (South Carolina)
Professor Emeritus of Biology
Associate Provost
Phone: 215.596.7558
E-mail: m.kassch@usciences.edu

William R. Law
BA (Augustana); PhD (University of Illinois)
Professor of Biology
Vice Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Forensic Science Program

Phone: 215.596.7443
E-mail: w.law@usciences.edu

Vandana Ahuja Miller
BS (Hindu College); MD (Lady Hardinge, India)
Instructor in Biology
Phone: 215.596.7591
E-mail: v.miller@usciences.edu

Alison M. Mostrom
AB (Mount Holyoke); PhD (University of Pennsylvania) 
Associate Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.895.1137
E-mail: a.mostro@usciences.edu

Suzanne K. Murphy
BA (Rosemont); PhD (Hahnemann)
Professor of Biology 
Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Pre-Health Professions Programs
Phone: 215.596.8921
E-mail: s.murphy@usciences.edu

Dana A. Pape-Zambito
BA (Delaware); PhD (Penn State)
Assistant Professor of Biology
E-mail: d.zambito@usciences.edu

Lois H. Peck
BS, MEd (West Chester); EdD (Temple)
Professor of Biology
Director, Science Teacher Certification Program
Phone: 215.596.8922
E-mail: l.peck@usciences.edu

Bela Peethambaran
BTech (St. Xavier’s, India); MS (Gujarat University, India); PhD (Mississippi State)
Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.8923
E-mail: b.peethambaran@usciences.edu

John R. Porter
BS (Pittsburg State, Kansas); PhD (Montana)
Professor of Biology
Research Professor of Pharmacognosy
Director, Biology Graduate Programs
Phone: 215.596.8917
E-mail: j.porter@usciences.edu

Catherine Purzycki
BS (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science); MS (Rutgers)
Lecturer in Biology
Phone: 215.596.8498
E-mail: c.purzyc@usciences.edu

Margaret A. Reinhart
BS (Millersville); MT (ASCP); MMA (Pennsylvania State); MS (Villanova)
Lecturer in Biology
Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program
Phone: 215.596.8797
E-mail: m.reinha@usciences.edu

Robert A. Smith
BS, MS (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
Distinguished Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.8918
E-mail: r.smith@usciences.edu

Kevin C. Wolbach
BS (Muhlenberg); MS (Lehigh)
Lecturer in Biology
Interim Assistant Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Director, Undergraduate Studies

Phone: 215.895.3129
E-mail: k.wolbac@usciences.edu

Gilbert L. Zink
BS, MS, PhD (Ohio State)
Associate Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.8520
E-mail: g.zink@usciences.edu

Visiting and Adjunct Faculty

Wasim Anwar
MBBS (Allama Iqbal)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Physiology
Phone: 267.295.3156
E-mail: w.anwar@usciences.edu

Natalia Coleman
MS, PhD, BS (St. Petersburg Agrarian University, Russia)
Visiting Research Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.3156
E-mail: n.colema@usciences.edu

Gary Collins
MD (University of the West Indies)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology and Forensic Science

Michael Garvey
BS (USciences); MS (George Washington University)
Adjunct Instructor in Biology and Forensic Science

David C. Kurland
BS, MS, JD (University of Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Instructor in Environmental Law

Melissa G. Marko
BS (Penn State); MS, PhD (Tufts)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.7437
E-mail: m.marko@usciences.edu

Jason A. Porter
BS (PCPS)
Visiting Instructor in Biology and Microbiology
Phone: 267.295.3157
E-mail: ja.porter@usciences.edu

Cristina Ramaciotti
BS (UCLA); MS (Duke)
Adjunct Instructor in Environmental Geology

Susan Spielberger
BA (Millersville); MS (Drexel)
Adjunct Instructor in Risk Assessment

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