Become a Biologist

Our biology program will provide you the opportunity to increase your knowledge related to structures and processes common to living systems. You can hone your research skills in the laboratory and through fieldwork. The program will help prepare you for success in graduate or professional studies, secondary education careers or laboratory and field research.

  • Earning a Biology degree at Madonna can offer many unique experiences.
  • Service Learning and Study Abroad opportunities in Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.
  •  Complete your senior capstone research project working with a faculty advisor.
  • Lab courses have only 16-24 students for more one-on-one instruction.


Careers Ahead

Our Biology degree gives graduates the foundations to go into the field directly, or continue their education!

  • Research scientist
  • Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Biotechnologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Government agency roles
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Health Educator

Madonna Grads

Madonna University Biology Graduates go on to work in diverse areas. Some of their employers are:

  • American Indian Health and Family Services
  • Cambridge Dental Group
  • Dipsol of America
  • Divine Child High School
  • Healthcure LLC
  • Kowalski Sausage Company
  • Lincoln Park High School
  • National Sanitation Foundation
  • Southfield Pediatric Physicians
  • St. Mary's Preparatory
  • University of Michigan

Where to?

A Biology Degree is a great starting point for Professional Schools in a variety of areas.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Law
  • Veterinary

Where are they now?

Madonna University Graduates went on to:

  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Oakland University, Ph.D. Program
  • University of Michigan Flint, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine


Environmental Science

Gain a broad scientific background in biology, chemistry, and physics with a focus on water quality and safety.

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Prepare for your future career as a biochemist, or for advanced studies in a variety of science-related professions.

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General Science

Gain knowledge in an array of science classes to prepare for your career in Elementary or Middle school classroom instruction.

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BIOLOGY Beyond the Classroom

Faculty Bios

Andrea DiSebastiano, Ph.D.Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Western University, London

BMedSci Western University, London


Andrea DiSebastiano, Ph.D.

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Veronica Riha, Ph.D.Professor of Biology

Ph.D. Wayne State University

M.S. Oakland University

B.S. Oakland University



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Veronica Riha, Ph.D.

Veronica Riha is a professor of Biology. She joined the Faculty of Madonna University in 2002. She teaches General Biology, Microbiology, Ecology and Special Topics. She is also involved in Study Abroad programs in Biology and loves to provide experiential learning to students.

She has traveled with students to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu.

Veronica is also a proponent of service-learning not only in her classes on campus but also as part of Study Abroad programs.

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Krystal BakkilaAdjunct Professor

M.S. Wayne State University

B.A. Wayne State University


Krystal Bakkila

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Najla BitarAdjunct Professor

M.D. Faculté de Médecine de Sousse/ Tunisia


Najla Bitar

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Nick ButkevichAdjunct Professor

M.S. Eastern Michigan University

B.S. Eastern Michigan University


Nick Butkevich

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Jeff DwyerAdjunct Professor

M.S. Wayne State University

B.S. Western Michigan University


Jeff Dwyer

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Joura Ismail, Ph.D.Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Ohio State University

M.S.,B.S. American University of Beirut

Joura Ismail, Ph.D.

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Michael Kobernick, M.D., MS-HSA, MS-PopH, CPE, FAAFPAdjunct Professor

M.D. Michigan State University

M.S. Jefferson Medical College

M.S. University of Detroit-Mercy

B.A. Michigan State University


Michael Kobernick, M.D., MS-HSA, MS-PopH, CPE, FAAFP

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Donald Little, Ph.D.Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. University of Michigan

B.S. Purdue University


Donald Little, Ph.D.

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