Learning Opportunities in Biology
A Strong Scientific Focus
Our biology program offers you a unique undergraduate opportunity you won’t find anywhere else. Because we were founded with a scientific focus and maintain that focus today, we know how to educate scientists. We have the strong academic and research strength that allows our graduates to succeed in the competitive international environment.
Early and Numerous Research Opportunities
Because of our smaller student population, we offer many opportunities to do primary investigative research as early as your first year, research that leads to publication and presentations at national meetings. You won’t need to compete with dozens of other students to snag a single research position or wait until you’re in a graduate program. We regularly accommodate every academically strong student with opportunities to do investigative laboratory research. We also offer undergraduate fellowships for summer research.
Personal Attention from the Faculty
You get unparalleled access to our faculty, who are outstanding educators and researchers eager to facilitate achieving your goals and provide opportunities for hands-on research. With nearly 20 full-time faculty members, small classes and the open areas, labs and study pods in the STC, you’ll have daily interaction with your professors, allowing you to learn both inside and outside the classroom.
Through the Integrated Degree Program–offered through the College of Graduate Studies–you can obtain a Master of Science in cell biology and biotechnology with as little as one additional calendar year of study. An integrated option is also available with the PhD in cell and molecular biology program.
This advanced study gives you:
- A competitive edge when applying for jobs
- An earlier start to achieving your career goals
- Higher earning potential from the start
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Complete all of the prerequisite courses for entry into medical, dental, veterinary, or other biomedical professions, all of which count toward your degree in biology. In addition, selection of elective coursework in biomedical disciplines provides for stronger foundation for your future career.
The forensic science program offers a unique, multidisciplinary curriculum that is integrated into the biology major, an approach preferred by employers. Designed with the help of experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, and law enforcement officials, the program follows the accreditation requirements of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). You’ll receive a BS in Biology and a programmatic certificate of completion in forensic science.
A Facility Designed for Scientific Education and Research
The cutting-edge McNeil Science and Technology Center (STC) features:
- 2 general and 2 advanced biology teaching labs
- 40-seat fully equipped microbiology teaching lab
- 12 biology investigative research labs with state-of-the-art equipment
- 6 environmental rooms
- 6 break-out study rooms for student use
- 4 lecture halls
- 3 computer classrooms
- Two-story common area for informal student gathering
- Wireless technology throughout the building