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.



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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Faculty Bios

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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Andrei Borisov, Ph.D.Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Institute of Cell Biology

B.S., M.S. University of St. Petersburg 


Andrei Borisov, Ph.D.

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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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Janice MarchildonAdjunct Professor

M.S.N. Texas Tech University School of Nursing

B.S.N. Lubbock Christian University


Janice Marchildon

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Michelle MocciaAdjunct Professor

M.S.N. Eastern Michigan University

D.N.P. Madonna University

B.S.N. Madonna University


Michelle Moccia

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Kathryn MooreAdjunct Professor

B.S. Oregon State University

M.P.H. Emory University


Kathryn Moore

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Kathleen Quigley, Ph.D.Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Michigan State University

M.S. University of Michigan

B.S. Wayne State University


Kathleen Quigley, Ph.D.

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Tammy Wrone, Ph.D.Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Wayne State University

B.S. Wayne State University


Tammy Wrone, Ph.D.

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