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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Carly J. Nowicki, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Biology

Ph.D. Wayne State University

B.S. University of Michigan



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Carly J. Nowicki, Ph.D.

Dr. Nowicki joined the Madonna Biology Department as an Assistant Professor in January 2017. She teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, Cell Biology, Population Genetics, and several special topics courses including Advanced Human Physiology and Evolution. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. in Biology at Wayne State University.

Before coming to Madonna, she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY) where she taught courses in biology and animal diversity. She then worked as a Field Biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Toledo examining chemical and biological impacts on the Great Lakes food web and the implications for human health. Dr. Nowicki continues to work with colleagues within the academic and government sectors to examine the effects of environmental contaminants on human health, and volunteers with community organizations such as the Friends of the Rouge River and the Detroit River Front Conservancy. She is a strong advocate of student research, experiential learning, and community outreach.

Dr. Nowicki is also the faculty advisor for the Biological and Health Sciences Club which sponsors many events including professional school application workshops, children’s hospital outreach, medical campus visits, and tours of the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Science Laboratory Safety

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