Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science

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Study the fundamental laws and theories of science and discover the importance of scientific inquiry

Within the context of a liberal arts education, the Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science department's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the study of the fundamental laws and theories of science and the importance of scientific inquiry as a means of generating new concepts in the modern scientific world. The major programs offered by the department prepare you to be an accomplished and productive contributor to contemporary scientific endeavors. The program successfully facilitates career choices in teaching, medicine, dentistry and theoretical or applied research, as well as in the natural and environmental sciences.

Transfer students are welcome into this program. Learn more about transferring to Molloy, including transfer guidelines, articulation agreements and funding opportunities.

Biology Academic Programs of Study

3.jpgThe Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science Department incorporates three separate study tracks within the Biology B.S. degree program. Each track has a common set of major and related requirements that continue to foster an initial exploration in the main areas of natural and physical science. Within each study track BIO elective credits allows for student and faculty input into the direction of the program. Each track requires the student to complete at least one semester of Field Experience along with the opportunity - required or optional depending on the track - to participate in original research with the faculty of the Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science department.

Faculty-Guided Research Course Series

Engagement, mentoring, collaboration, and commitment
                 undergraduate research program


Our research series course design gives you three semesters of research experience, from designing your experiment, writing a mock grant to acquire research funds, learning valuable contemporary research techniques from experts in the field, and writing a collaborative journal article with the goal of publication in a peer reviewed journal. Students work directly with faculty and present at regional/national and international conferences. Research series students are trained on state-of-the art research equipment obtained with support from the national science foundation.

Semester 1- Scientific Research Techniques Semester 2- Research in Biology Semester 3- Research Thesis
Literature Search * Develop research question and hypothesis * Develop experimental design * Research ethics Laboratory research techniques * Data collection, statistics, and analysis Regional/national conference poster presentation * Annual Molloy Colloquium * Written Thesis

Earth & Environmental Science Academic Programs of Study

cercom-4.jpgThe B.S. degree in Earth & Environmental Science offers a concentration in either environmental biology or geoscience. Built upon the foundation of natural and physical science, our courses will give you the background you need to analyze, questions and contemplate solutions to the multitude of concerns affecting our coastal and global environments.

  • Environmental Biology Concentration

    Built upon the foundation of natural and physical science, this concentration prepares you for careers in environmental biology.

  • Geoscience Concentration

    Built upon the foundation of natural and physical science, this concentration focuses on preparing you for a variety of careers in Geoscience.


The Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science department offers several minors that complement your studies. Chemistry, Physical Science, and Psychology are popular pairings. Biology is also offered as a minor to students with any major.

Student Resources

  • Internships

    Field experience internships and off-campus placements are available to strengthen your career options. An internship makes the classroom's abstract theories and learned examples concrete by placing you in a real life work situation performing actual professional tasks. CERCOM supports the B.S. in the biology, chemistry and environmental studies (BCES) department to service all science majors who may be interested in internships. 


    CERCOM supports the B.S. in the biology, chemistry and environmental sciences (BCES) department to service all science majors who may be interested in internships.  As an Earth and environmental studies major, you will have the opportunity to excel both inside and outside of the classroom in preparation to enter highly marketable fields of employment and exciting careers in environmental science. CERCOM is the only horseshoe crab breeding laboratory in the United States or one of our eighteen cooperators.

  • LECOM Program

    The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Professional School (EAP) Early Acceptance Program allows qualified students that enroll at Molloy University as BS/Biology Pre Med, Pre Dental or Pre Pharmacy tracks to be given a provisional early acceptance to LECOM's School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine or College of Osteopathic Medicine upon completion of a successful interview. A student may apply for EAP consideration as early as a high school senior and up until the start of the third year of undergraduate school.  Students apply to enroll in the EAP by following the link "Early acceptance program Inquiry" found on the My LECOM Portal.

    LECOM will review the application.  If the student meets the requirements, LECOM will offer the student a list of EAP interview dates to self-schedule an interview. Following a successful interview, LECOM will notify the student that they qualify for a provisional letter of acceptance from LECOM and they will be enrolled for participation in the EAP upon approval by the affiliated institution of their choice and submission of their school email address to LECOM. The student and the affiliated school will then be sent the provisional letter of acceptance.


    • No PCAT or MCAT
    • A reserved seat - you bypass almost 95% of the competition for your seat
    • Low tuition compared with other medical, dental and pharmacy schools
    • A choice of 3 sites for Pharmacy
    • Enrollment at the largest medical school in the country
    • No additional interview
    • You will save a significant amount of money by not applying to multiple schools



    Additional requirements, including a final application to LECOM, must be met for final acceptance to LECOM, but another interview is not required. The specific criteria for acceptance into the programs will vary from school to school, but the general requirements are listed below:

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (international students may apply to Pharmacy)
    • Must not hold a bachelor's degree or higher
    • Must have at least two years remaining as a full time student at the undergraduate institution
    • SAT Score (Math and Verbal Reasoning) greater than or equal to 1170 on a single exam taken before 3/1/16, a SAT score of 1240 or higher on a single exam taken after 3/1/16 or an ACT Composite score greater than or equal to 26 on a single exam
    • A high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or higher
    • Students already attending the affiliate institution must have at least a cumulative overall GPA of 3.4 and a science GPA of 3.2 or higher

  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-Step)

    The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education to support talented underrepresented minority or economically disadvantaged students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), licensed professions and health-related professions. CSTEP offers key preparation, resources and opportunities critical to student success. In addition, students are also provided with a strong foundation to pursue careers in the areas of science and technology.

  • Scholarships

    Funded scholarships for incoming students through the admissions office.

    A number of scholarships are available for incoming undergraduate students for various award amounts. Some of the scholarships are one-time and some are renewable annually, as indicated. Application by incoming students and renewals of these scholarships are made through the Office of Admissions. These scholarships are awarded for four years (eight semesters), unless otherwise noted as one time.

    Biology Founding Faculty Scholarship
    Partial tuition scholarship awarded to incoming freshmen majoring in science. Award amounts vary.

    Robert Catell Sustainability Scholarship
    Partial tuition scholarship awarded to a student who has an interest in pursuing course work leading toward a career in sustainable and environmental issues.

    Rocco John Filazzola, Ph.D. Biology Scholarship
    Partial tuition scholarship awarded to a full-time freshman, preference is given to a Biology major who has demonstrated financial need; with a cumulative index of at least 3.0.

    Sister M. Leo Francis Monaghan, O.P. Scholarship
    $1,500 awarded to an incoming freshmen majoring in Biology or Earth and Environmental Studies. Applicants should exemplify the mission and philosophy of Molloy University and the Founding Sisters of St. Dominic, including a commitment to academic excellence, truth and respect for life. Scholarship is renewable annually.

    Theresa M. Hughes Family Scholarship
    Two partial tuition scholarships established in memory of Therese M. Hughes, Class of 1979 for freshmen or transfer students majoring in biology and nursing and facing financial hardship, renewable annually.

    Funded Scholarships for Continuing Students through Financial Aid
    A number of scholarships are available for continuing undergraduate students for various award amounts. Application is made for the Funded Scholarships for continuing students through the Office of Financial Aid. These scholarships are not renewable.

    Murley Henderson Science Scholarship
    Partial tuition scholarship awarded to a continuing student enrolled full-time. Applicants must be Science majors and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Award amounts vary, one-time scholarship.

    Neidich-Ryder Biology Scholarship
    Partial tuition scholarship awarded to a continuing student enrolled full-time. Applicants must be Biology majors. Award amounts vary, one-time scholarship.

  • Chi Beta Phi Honor Society

    The Alpha Sigma Chapter of Chi Beta Phi, an honorary scientific fraternity for undergraduates of four year degree-granting colleges and universities, admits to membership students who have a minimum cumulative index of 3.00 and have completed at least 20 credit hours in the natural sciences and mathematics with an index of 3.00 in these courses. The minimum 20 credits must have been taken at Molloy University. Qualified alumni and science faculty of the College may be elected as regular or honorary members by a majority vote of the active membership of the chapter.

Our Faculty

  • Dr. Jodi Evans

    Chairperson of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science Department, Professor of Biology

    Dr. Evans is a Professor of Biology and current Chairperson and Laboratory Director.  She received her Ph.D. from St. John’s university in 2006 in the field of Cellular and Molecular Biology. During her early career teaching at Molloy, she also held a Research Scientist position and directed a lab at Winthrop University Hospital, now known as NYU Langone Hospital in Mineola. Dr. Evans was a driving force behind the development of the research series of courses in the Biology and Environmental Sciences curriculum and she continues to grow and develop the research program for undergraduates in the sciences at Molloy.  Dr. Evans has received funding from the NIH and NSF to support research and training activities and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals in the areas of bone biology, endocrinology, immunology, and stem cell research.

  • Dr. Maureen Sanz

    Maureen M. Sanz, Ph.D. is a professor of biology and director of the Faculty Professional Center at Molloy University.  She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in biology and chemistry and worked as a research assistant in the protein chemistry laboratory of Robert B. Merrifield at the Rockefeller University.   She continued her graduate studies in biology and earned the master’s and doctoral degrees from Fordham University.  Her interest in human chromosomes and cell culture were furthered during her post-doctoral fellowship in Human Genetics with Dr. James L. German III at the New York Blood Center.  She is a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics in clinical cytogenetics.  She continues her research interest in human genetics and cytogenetics working with students on genomic instability exhibited by cultured cells of persons with Bloom’s syndrome, a rare inherited disorder characterized by short stature and predisposition to development of cancer. 

  • Dr. John Tanacredi

    Professor of Earth & Environmental Science, Executive Director of CERCOM

    John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D. is Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring (CERCOM) facility. He is a former Research Associate at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation-Osborn Laboratories of Marine Science, visiting scientist at The American Museum of Natural History in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology; Research Associate at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Earth Institute; and presently he chairs the Conservation Committee of the Explorers Club. From 1978 to 2001 he was a Research Ecologist for the National Park Service, Gateway National Recreation Area serving as Chief of the Division of Natural Resources and as one of the NPS’s Coastal Natural Recourse Specialist in Ecotoxicology, duty stationed at the Graduate School of Oceanography at University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI. From 1974-1978 he was an Environmental Analyst of the U.S. Coast Guard, Bridge Administration preparing NEPA environmental impact statements for bridge and highway construction in six eastern US states. From 1968 to 1970 he was a U.S. Navy Flight Meteorologist “Hurricane Hunter”, Naval Air Base, JAX, in Jacksonville Florida. Dr. Tanacredi received his doctorate in Environmental Health Engineering, from The Polytechnic University/NYU Polytechnic (1988), an M.S. degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Hunter College, Institute of Health Sciences, CUNY (1974) and BS in Biological Sciences from Richmond College, CUNY (1972).

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  • Dr. Anthony Tolvo

    Professor of Biology, Chemistry

    Anthony Tolvo received his Ph.D. in Biology (specializing in Physiology and Biochemistry) from New York University, and his Master’s degrees in Biochemistry and Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before coming to Molloy University, he was involved in research at Cornell University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Center for Biomedical Research of the Population Council at Rockefeller University. He is a Professor of Biology and the former Dean of the Division of Natural Science, Mathematics and Computer Studies, Allied Health Sciences and Communications Science and Disorders at Molloy College from 2008 - 2016. His research pursuits are in the area of signal transduction as it relates to the endocrine system and embryonic development.

  • Dr. Noelle Cutter

    I am an Associate Professor in the Biology/Chemistry/Environmental Science Department here at Molloy University. My current research interests include Viral and Cancer Genomics, and more specifically, aims at understanding the genetics in our immune responses to fight viruses and cancer cells. I played an active role in the Nassau County COVID19 immunology testing response and continue to advocate for long COVID patients. Learn more at our Cancer Alliance website.

    My collaborator, Dr. Robert Bard, MD/NYC and I work with patients across the globe on treatment and diagnosis of cancer, imaging, and long COVID. Check out our alliance and patient advocacy site

  • Dr. Brian Reed

    Assistant Professor Chemistry and Biology

    My scientific focus has been highly interdisciplinary, spanning chemistry, pharmacology, neurobiology, endocrinology, drug discovery, and clinical translational studies, among others. I obtained my BA in chemistry from Vassar College and my PhD from Emory University, followed by several years investigating biochemical aspects of substance use disorders in the Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases, of Rockefeller University. I am continuing my investigative efforts exploring systemic mechanisms related to the endogenous opioid system, whilst also being committed to helping educate the next generation of healthcare professionals and scientists in the fields of chemistry and biology. 

  • Dr. Saihan Borghid

    Associate Professor Biology/Chemistry

    Dr. Saihan Borghjid grew up in Inner Mongolia, China and emigrated to the US in 1990, where she attended graduate school at Hunter College in New York before transferring to SUNY Downstate, from which she graduated in 1999 with a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.  Her research work has largely focused on the developmental expression of homeobox genes that control the expression of a number of other genes which, working together, underlie the growth of a larger structure, such as the peripheral nervous system.  She was a post-doctoral research fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College before joining the Molloy University Faculty in 2005.  She teaches Biology and Biochemistry courses at Molloy and her most recent research, in collaboration with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying diet induced diabetes and obesity.

  • Dr. Mary Kusenda

    Associate Professor of Biology

    My graduate degree is in genetics, where I researched pediatric neuropsychiatric disorders. As an undergraduate, I worked in an immunology lab. I am interested in immunology, genetics, genomics, cognitive disorders, microglial cells, neuronal cells, CNV’s SNPs, bioinformatics, personalized/precision medicine, cortisol, herbal medicine/cruciferous vegetables and its effect on inflammation, fibrosis of the lung, oral allergy syndrome, the genes PPP4C, PTGS2, and PTGS1.  

    Why I like teaching at Molloy University. Unlike other large universities where graduate assistants teach students, Molloy University values small class sizes taught by nationally recognized professors. I love the hands-on approach to teaching that Molloy University offers. Molloy University students are truly special, and a joy to teach as they are hardworking, diligent, and focused on their studies. Most of the students in the Biology Chemistry and Environmental studies department go on to professional school, and the most gratifying part of teaching here is when I get emails from my former students letting me know they have gotten into Medical School, or that they have graduated and are now a physician assistant, dentist, occupational therapist, or other health care professional. I believe each student has their own set of strengths, unique goals, and characteristics. Through Molloy University’s small class size, faculty really get to know their students. I try to adapt the way I teach based on how a student learns best.  

  • Dr. Anthony Sementilli

    Anthony Sementilli, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in BCES. Before joining Molloy University, he was a principal radiopharmaceutical production chemist at Stony Brook University Hospital—where he synthesized imaging agents for clinical research. Currently, his main research interests are in developing peptide-inspired materials and pharmaceutical countermeasures to internalized radioactive pollutants. He is also interested in experimenting with active, tactile learning modules in the classroom. 

    Dr. Sementilli holds a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Chemistry from Emory University, and a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University. 

  • Dr. Christopher Massone

    Christopher Massone, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He earned his B.S. Chemistry from Fordham University, Bronx. NY in 1998 and is a graduate of CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY where he received his Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, 2003. His Doctoral Dissertation: New Polyphospohorus Organic Compounds


  • Dr. Li Li

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Dr. Li Li received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from St. John’s University where she used baker’s yeast as a model organism to delineate the properties of fungal adhesive proteins. During her postdoctoral research at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dr. Li broadened her research specialties into signaling transduction in the mouse model of human disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and vascular inflammation.  Currently, as an Associate Professor in Biology at Molloy University, Dr. Li has been teaching a variety of biological science courses, including the research series where she uses yeast models to explore the molecular mechanisms of protein aggregation which is the basis for fungal infections.

  • Dr. Michael Marino

    Dr. Michael A. Marino is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry with the Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science Department at Molloy University. Dr. Marino is the co-author of “Measurements in Evaluating Science Education,” which is a comprehensive, intuitive guide to many of the key instruments created to assess students in science education. He has also published several research papers and obtained both national and international patents on using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy to rapidly identify and quantify unknown samples of synthetic cannabinoids. Dr. Marino’s most current research looks at the effect of smell on memory and discovering predictor variables on virtual and hands-on laboratory experiments with students at the undergraduate level.



  • Dr. Elizabeth Suter

    Dr. Elizabeth Suter is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science in the BCES department. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Science from Stony Brook University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. Dr Suter. specializes in the microbial ecology of aquatic systems, and her research focuses on the roles that microbes play in open ocean deoxygenation, biogeochemical cycling, and coastal resilience. Most recently, her work focuses on applying novel sequencing techniques to assess both microbiome and ecosystem diversity using environmental DNA (eDNA), and the impacts of oyster restoration on ecosystem resiliency. Dr. Suter teaches and has built many of the courses in the Earth and Environmental Science major and is a strong advocate for data science, both as a skill to teach to students and as a tool for developing nature-based solutions for climate adaptation.

  • Dr. Pamela Monaco

    Professor of Biology

Department Chair

Dr. Jodi Evans

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