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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
2016-2017 Johnstown Campus Catalog
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
2016-2017 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  Aug 08, 2022
2016-2017 Johnstown Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology, BS

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Faculty: Shelly Bock, Christine Dahlin, Jill Henning, Stephen Kilpatrick, Karen Lee, Jennifer Manges, Bruce Robart, Rebecca Webb, Kimberly Ziance

Students electing Biology as an area of concentration can pursue either a Traditional Option or a Terrestrial Ecology Option. Students may also obtain certification in Medical Technology.

The Traditional Option is designed to prepare students for graduate work in the biological sciences or for study in professional fields such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and other health-related areas. This would also include those students who wish to pursue a Medical Technology certification (see below).

The Terrestrial Ecology Option is designed to prepare the student for a leadership role in evaluating the quality of the environment and in dealing with the complexities surrounding its preservation.

Although there are required courses in biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics, the upper level of both biology tracks is designed by the student, with advisement, to reflect his/her interests and needs. Both options require 24 credits in biology including at least three laboratory or field courses beyond the freshman year.

Required courses for either the Traditional Option or the Terrestrial Ecology Option

Traditional Option additional requirements:

Terrestrial Ecology Option additional requirements:

Medical Technology Option:

Students interested in the field of medical technology can obtain certification at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown while completing requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Admission to the certification program in medical technology can be pursued during the junior year. Meeting requirements for the BS degree in biology may  require more than six semesters at Pitt-Johnstown. Students who are accepted for the certificate option spend the summer prior to the beginning of their senior year and their entire senior year at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. The full certificate program along with the bachelor’s degree is typically completed in four to five years.

Requirements for the Certificate/BS Option:

I. Eligibility for admission to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center depends upon successful completion of the following:

B. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum of 2.5 in the sciences

C. Final admission into the certificate program is awarded upon passing the following, as required by the affiliate hospital program:

  1. health examination
  2. urine drug screen
  3. criminal background check

D. If enrolled in the certificate program, students

  1. must follow the hospital’s (also referred to as the school) Student Health Policy,
  2. must comply with the school’s policies and procedures including those governing the confidentiality of medical records and the use and disclosure of individually identifiable health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, specifically 45 CFR parts 160 and 164, and
  3. should carry their own health insurance while enrolled in the school’s certificate program.


The student should be aware that the grades for the certificate courses are accrued through both the didactic and the clinical rotation of the class. This means that the student will not get a grade until the clinical rotation is complete.

IV. Upon successful completion of all requirements

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will be awarded a BS degree from Pitt-Johnstown and a Certificate of Completion from the Medical Technology Program from Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (CMMC).

V. This dual enrollment program requires students to pay for:

  • additional tuition and fees charged by Pitt-Johnstown for credits earned in the Certificate Program applied to requirements needed to obtain the B.S. degree, as well as,
  • tuition and fees charged by CMMC to obtain the Certificate of Completion.

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