Why Study Biology at Madonna University?

  • Service Learning/study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.
  • Gain experience in hospital research through the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program (EMRAP).
  •  Complete your senior capstone research project working with a faculty advisor.
  • Lab courses have only 16-24 students for more one-on-one instruction.

Degrees Offered



Environmental Science

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

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Natural Science

Gain a well-rounded science background allowing you to readily explain phenomenological events.

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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.Interim Department Chair, 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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