Regina Alvarez, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
As a biology major at Dominican University, you’ll receive the extensive benefits of gaining a broad-based liberal arts education while choosing a specialization that will prepare you for the science-related career of your dreams. Our biology degree will channel your passion for life sciences into a solid foundation for advanced study of the sciences or for a rewarding and fulfilling career in any discipline involving plants, animals, people, or the earth.
You can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts with a minor or major in biology, a teaching degree with a major or minor in biology, or even a business degree with a biology component. And if you’ve got your heart set on further study, we have articulation agreements with the following institutions:
With a degree in biology you might also pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Dominican University.
The highest levels of personal support
Staff who are committed to your success
The finest small-university athletic program in the region
A spirited campus environment
Close proximity to New York City and three major airports
It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what sport you play, or what club you’re in, everyone in this school is a family and we all love to live together and be a part of this campus.
Jonathan Brown, ’14
Miles from NYC
100% of First-Time,
Full-Time Freshman Receive Financial Aid
As a result of the coursework and research experiences that you’ll have throughout our biology program, when you graduate, you’ll be qualified to enter the STEM workforce in any of a wide variety of fields (e.g. biomedicine (drug and vaccine development), plant biology, or environmental sciences) or to continue on to post-graduate studies. For example, you might choose to go to medical school, pursue a post-graduate professional degree in a health field (like physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary science, or pharmacy), or pursue a post-graduate research degree (masters and PhD).
Throughout your biology program, you’ll develop extensive content knowledge, learn proper laboratory techniques, drastically improve your critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, as well as:
At Dominican University, you’ll pursue and publish new scientific knowledge through inquiry-based instruction and original research, gaining valuable transferable skills in both your biology major (or minor) courses and through your research experiences. As a result, our biology degree will ensure you’re well-qualified to pursue a wide range of careers and post-graduate fields of study.
Our programs are incredibly hands-on and will give you significant real-world skills that will set you apart from your competition. For example, we’ve set aside a plot of land on our campus for students to study. If you take courses in chemistry, ecology, botany, or general biology you’ll get to analyze the soil and conduct biological surveys of the plants, microbes, and other soil fauna. You’ll then amend the soil with compost and/or commercial fertilizers, collaborate with your fellow students to choose and transplant plants into the soil, conduct follow-up testing, and analyze the changes that result from your soil treatments and addition of plants. This project will give you valuable technical skills across a range of disciplines as well as help you build the vital collaboration (including cross-disciplinary collaboration) and communication skills that are so in demand in all industries.
As a Dominican University biology major, you’ll also be supported and encouraged to pursue a research internship. Our students have secured prestigious research internships at:
Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics
Associate Professor of Biology and Science Department Coordinator
Associate Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor, and Coordinator of Health Sciences Program
Associate Professor of Chemistry