Welcome Message From Dr. Kalevitch
Dear Students, Parents, Colleagues and Friends,
The degree-offering Department of Science was founded in 2004. The science department has seen explosive growth in the last 12 years. Science offerings today include a B.S. in Environmental Science program and a B.A. in Environmental Science, and B.S. Biology with concentrations in Pre-Medicine and Biology Teacher Certification. In addition, the department hosts a unique university-wide interdisciplinary Forensics Minor and Energy and Sustainability Minor. A Nutrition Minor is under development, and future programs will include Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Nutrition and more. Many of these majors are interdisciplinary in nature and post-graduation will offer a variety of jobs and careers in sciences.
One of the most successful programs in science is the B.S. in Biology program with a Pre-Medicine concentration. The Pre-Medicine concentration prepares students for careers in a variety of health professions. Linkages and articulation agreements have been formed with several medical colleges and hospitals, including a tripartite agreement with Allegheny General Hospital and Drexel University College of Medicine. Our students have been accepted to medical, dental, osteopathic and chiropractic schools and several students were accepted into PA programs. These institutions include Drexel Medical School, John Hopkins University, Thomas Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-PCOM, LECOM, University of Pittsburgh and SUNY Dental Schools, NY Chiropractic College and Palmer Chiropractic College.
The interdisciplinary energy and sustainability minor was initiated in 2011. It combines knowledge of engineering and science and affords students a global perspective by travelling abroad to Germany or co-taking classes in Ireland.
Students benefit from the school's small class sizes which allow them to receive personal attention from dedicated faculty members who bring a combination of academic and industry experience to the classroom. The school's close ties to local industry offer students the opportunity to engage in real-world problems under the guidance of their professors. Students receive hands-on experience through laboratory experiences, research projects, and publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at conferences, field trips and internships.
I invite you to explore this site. Its pages contain valuable information about our science programs. You will also learn about our student organization - SEA-Students for Environmental Awareness and its recycling program, as well as other environmentally-sound projects and our nationally-recognized Pre-med club just to name a few.
Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions and/or interest in science at RMU.
Maria V. Kalevitch, Ph.D.
Founding Chair, Sciences
School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
& University Professor of Science
Dr. Kalevitch has been a member of RMU's faculty since September 2002 and has headed the University Science Department since its inception in January 2004-08. Dr. Dress is the current department head of Sciences.